It’s a similar story for both sides ahead of the weekend's game at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. Both sides have started exactly the opposite way they had planned for and both sides are quite obviously languishing at the wrong end of the table.
The pre-season euphoria over the summer raised the levels of optimism to a new high. That optimism is thinning after a succession of bad results. Performances have been getting better with some signs that it’s about to click and fall into place.
Lee Clark and his staff are as frustrated as everyone with the way the season has started. They expected it to take a few games for things to start flowing and for the results to start coming. In recent games, we’ve scored goals and created chances – though unfortunately have also conceded too many goals – six in the last two games, and work has been done this week to correct that.
The introduction of Michael Smith on deadline day brought some success on Tuesday evening at Fleetwood. The fledgeling partnership with Jermaine Beckford looked good on the eye, and Smith’s own performance was certainly good on the eye. He looks to be a player with a point to prove, and so far, he’s quite welcome to get out onto the pitch and prove that point.
Nathan Cameron has gone back into the squad for Saturday's game. His injury, or rather his situation, is being carefully managed by the medical team. So far, he’s won our Social Media Man of the Match vote twice and his goal at Rotherham United last weekend was certainly a boost for the lad after being out of action for 12 months. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if his name is the first on the team sheet.
None of the injured players will return for this game although the news from Lee Clark this morning is certainly encouraging with Eoghan O’Connell expected back in training next week and Jay O’Shea not far behind him.
With no fresh injuries following Tuesday’s game, the manager will again send his side out looking for that elusive win. A win at the moment will work wonders for team spirit on and off the field. It will bring that much-needed boost and the urge to kick on and chase more points.
For Plymouth though, keeping all 11 players on the pitch will be one of the main aims. The Pilgrims have had three players sent off in three successive home games, so perhaps a road trip is exactly what is needed. Antoni Sarcevic will return for the game after serving his three-match
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Referee: Saturdays referee is Mr Anthony Backhouse from Cumbria
So far, this season, Anthony has taken charge of six games – showing 17 yellow cards and three red cards. His last game was on Sat 9 Sep when he took Charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game between Stevenage & Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium. Lincoln City took all three points with a 2-1 win, though it was a busy night for the referee with five yellow cards and two red cards were shown.
As this is Anthony’s first season on the EFL List of referee’s, Saturday's game will be his first visit to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane, and his first game involving the Shakers or the Green Army.
Quick Betting Tip: Bury are 6/5 to win the game whilst Plymouth Argyle are 21/10. A draw is on offer at 12/5
Top Ten Tips for the game
- Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 –9/4
- Michael Smith first goal of the game and a 3-0 Bury win – 85/1
- Nathan Cameron first goal of the game and a 2-0 Bury win – 200/1
- Bury to win by exactly two goals – 6/1
- Bury to win and both teams to score – 100/30
- Correct Score only – Bury 3 Plymouth Argyle 0 20/1
- 1st Goal – Beckford – 4/1
- Last goal – Bunn – 6/1
- To Score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 40/1
- To score in 90 minutes – Nathan Cameron – 11/1
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We’ve met before: Saturday’s game is the 75th such meeting between the two clubs. The first meeting was back on 9 January 1915 when the two sides met in the FA Cup at Gigg Lane. The game finished 1-1 with John Lythgoe scoring for Bury in front of 8,150 supporters. Bury then won the subsequent replay at Home Park with a 2-1 victory with goals from skipper Billy Peake and Eddie Connor in front of 12,051 supporters
Since that first game, Bury have won 30 games with Argyle winning 27 games. The remaining 17 games have finished all square.
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