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Preview: Bury v Oxford United

A look ahead to this evening's game with Oxford United

26 September 2017

Mentioned Oxford United playing Bury last season and you start to get that twitch on the side of your lip, it wasn’t easy.  With a 3-2 defeat at Gigg Lane early in the season and then an absolutely awful night at the Kassam Stadium and a 5-1 defeat. 

The game at Gigg Lane saw the Shakers pegged back twice before the U’s took the lead.  James Vaughan and Tom Pope had both scored for Bury before two free kicks for the visitors both found the back of the net whilst a Greg Leigh own goal – though he knew nothing about it – saw the visitors leave with all three points.

Those two free kicks though were top class, both curled around walls and both finding the bottom corners.  Both scored by the same player – a player who now wears the white shirt of Bury – Chris Maguire. 

This evening’s game would be the perfect night for Chris Maguire to grab his first Shakers goal, against his former side.  Something similar to the video (below) would be nice.

The performance at the weekend during the Charlton game has somewhat lifted spirits.  More positives, more passing football, more chances created – it’s coming and there’s no perfect time to put in that performance we all know the lads are capable of than now.

Add to that the wonder strike from Jermaine Beckford, who now finds himself centre stage as the clubs leading scorer – eight games and five goals.  Last season, James Vaughan got five goals in six games, he was still on five goals from eight at the same point last year.  If Beckford should score tonight, then his strike record will be better than Vaughan’s at the same stage last season.

Eoghan O’Connell took part in the warm-up at Charlton on Saturday, which suggests he could soon be making an appearance on the bench – maybe even this evening.  With Nathan Cameron collecting a thigh injury on Saturday, the extent of the damage is unknown at this moment in time, then a place on the bench for another Centre Half is more or less assured.  Perfect timing for O’Connell.

Jay O’Shea is another that may find himself on the bench soon, another player who is recovering quickly and all of a sudden, Lee Clark could find himself with a more or less fit squad to choose from.

Last Tuesday night’s performance in the Checkatrade Trophy brought few positives, the one big positive from the night was that of Mihai Dobre.  He showed that skill and levels of pace again on Saturday once he got on the pitch and tonight’s game could be the perfect time to unleash him and set him free.

Oxford arrive at Gigg Lane with only one point to show for their last three games.  A home defeat to Walsall on Saturday and a defeat in the North West when they visited Blackpool,  Pep Clotet’s side have shipped five goals in the last two games, tonight may be the perfect time to add to that.

With two home games on the bounce, it’s time to collect some points, starting tonight and a little payback for last season’s woes against the U’s of Oxford.

Oxford United’s View:  Click here to visit the Official Oxford United Website

Last time out: 17 December 2016 – Bury 2 Oxford United 3
Oxford came from behind to beat beleaguered Bury and stretch their unbeaten run to eight games.

The hosts twice went in front through James Vaughan and Tom Pope, only for each goal to be cancelled out by a Chris Maguire free-kick.

Greg Leigh's own goal on 70 minutes then extended Bury's club-record losing run to 12 league games, sending them into the League One relegation zone.

The Shakers dropped keeper Ben Williams for Paul Rachubka and the debutant's fifth-minute free-kick drifted over the Oxford defence for Vaughan to volley over Simon Eastwood.

The U's levelled eight minutes later, Maguire hitting a free-kick from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.

They were then firmly on top, with Maguire twice testing Rachubka before the veteran keeper parried a Robert Hall shot.

Maguire also sliced wide from eight yards and moments later Pope scored at the second attempt from Scott Burgess' 39th-minute cross.

This time Oxford took just four minutes to equalise, Maguire curling in a 20-yard free-kick.

The visitors had the better of a hard-fought second half as Kane Hemmings hit a post before left-back Leigh turned Marvin Johnson's low cross into his own net.

Referee:  This evenings referee is Mr Ben Toner from Lancashire 

So far this season, Ben has taken charge of four games – showing 14 yellow cards and one red card.  His last game was on Sat 23 September when he took charge of the League Two game between Mansfield Town & Cambridge United at Field Mill.  Mansfield won the game 2-1 and two yellow cards were shown.

Ben’s last visit to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane was on Tue 14 March, when he took charge of the Shakers 3-0 victory over Bristol Rovers.  EIGHT yellow cards and one red card were shown with Bristol’s Stuart Sinclair shown two yellow cards for simulation.

Quick Betting Tip:  Bury are 19/10 to win the game whilst Oxford United are 7/5.  A draw is on offer at 12/5

Top Ten Tips for the game

  1. Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 3/1
  2. Chris Maguire first goal of the game and a 2-0 Bury win – 50/1
  3. Chris Humphrey first goal of the game and a 3-0 Bury win – 240/1
  4. Bury to win by exactly two goals – 17/2
  5. Bury to win and both teams to score – 100/30
  6. Correct Score only – Bury 3 Oxford United 0 33/1
  7. 1st Goal – Beckford – 9/2
  8. Last goal – Maguire – 6/1
  9. To Score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 50/1
  10. To score in 90 minutes – Phil Edwards – 8/1

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We’ve met before:  This evening’s game is the 36th meeting between the two clubs.  Bury have won nine of the previous 35 games, with Oxford winning 11.  The remaining 15 games have finished all square.

The highest scoring game between the two sides was on the 1967/68 season with it finished 5-4 in Oxford’s favour at the Manor Ground, which was also the very first time the two sides met.

Your visit to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane:  Click here for our ‘first-time visitor guide’ 

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