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Match Preview: Oldham Athletic v Bury

14 December 2018

It was a momentous week off the pitch for Bury, as Steve Dale took ownership of the Shakers. It will still be business as normal for Ryan Lowe and his team however, as the bragging rights are up for grabs against Frankie Bunn’s Oldham.

Bury manager Ryan Lowe discussed the weekend's game against their local rivals: "It's another tough game. It's a local derby, so anything goes. We won't come off what we do; we'll stick to our game plans and we've got things that we've worked on.

"We'll respect Oldham massively. Frankie's (Bunn, Oldham Manager) gone in there, in different circumstances and done a fantastic job and Oldham have got some good players. It's just another game, whether it's a derby or not. It'll be exciting for both sets of fans!"

The Shakers head into Saturday's derby against Oldham in a rich vein of form. The Shakers have avoided defeat in their last five fixtures in the league and have only lost five games all season.

Ryan Lowe's side will be boosted after defeating the so-called Manager of the Month curse last time out against Exeter City.

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy, whose penalty save secured a clean sheet in the 2-0 win, knows the side will have to be at their best in the game: "It's going to be a hard game. Teams know we're doing well, they're looking at our shape and trying to stop us from playing, so it's going to have that little bit more of an edge.

"I'm sure we're going to have a decent following, the conditions aren't expected to be the best, so it'll be a proper derby atmosphere, which is great.

"The lads are looking forward to it!"

A win on Saturday could see Bury jump into the automatic promotion places if results elsewhere are favourable. The Shakers currently sit fourth in Sky Bet League Two and are only seven points from the summit.


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Last Time Out


Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.


Darren England will take charge of the fixture on Saturday. He is yet to officiate a game for either side this season in his 20 previous matches.

He has handed out a total of 71 yellow cards and 3 red cards during the campaign.

We've Met Before

Saturday will be the 48th meeting between the two sides. The previous 47 encounters have seen the Shakers prevail 15 times compared to Oldham's 14. There have been 18 occasions where the sides were unable to be separated.

The Shakers last won at Boundary Park in 2016 when Bury claimed all 3 points in the Sky Bet League One clash, with Leon Clarke's goal giving the visitors a 1-0 victory!

Form Guide

The form table looks great for Shakers fans. They are currently second, just the one point from top spot. In the previous six league fixtures, Ryan Lowe and his side have racked up thirteen points, winning four games, drawing one, and losing the other when they faced Port Vale in October. The Shakers have hit the back of the sixteen times in the last six games, only conceding five!

In contrast, Saturday's hosts are ninth in their recent form, picking up nine points. This includes two wins and three draws. Just like Ryan Lowe's side, Oldham have only lost the one game. Frankie Bunn has seen his side notch nine goals while conceding six.

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