The Shakers are back in home action this weekend as they entertain Richie Wellens’ Swindon Town tomorrow.
It’s the first of two home games in four days for Bury, as they look to extend their unbeaten run to fifteen and then sixteen games in the league. Sitting second in Sky Bet League Two, maximum points this weekend will help the Shakers on their push for an instant return to Sky Bet League One.
The Shakers’ fine home form has seen them score in 94% of the games played at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. Ryan Lowe’s men are still the top scorers in the league, despite playing a game less than those in and around them.
It’s sure to be a competitive game, with Swindon trying to jump into the Play-Off spots with a late surge, one which sees them sit sixth in the form guide for the last ten games. Wellens’ side are seven points off the Play-Offs, and will be boosted after their 4-0 win over Morecambe.
The Gaffer told the club what he was expecting the game to be on Saturday, “It’s going to be a tough game, a good game. They play some good football under Richie and they’ve got an attacking threat, so we know they’ll come full of confidence. We’re under no illusions that it will be a tough game; Richie has gone in there and got them firing, got them playing some good football. We respect every team whether it’s Grimsby or Swindon.”
Club Skipper Neil Danns knows that it will be another test on Saturday, “It’ll be a tough game, at their place it was tough, and they’re still battling for the Play-Offs so we’re under no illusions that it’s going to be another tough game. We’ve just got to concentrate on what we’re good at and what we’ve done all season, and I’m sure it’ll be no different.”
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Last Time Out
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.
Saturday will see Scott Oldham take charge of his twenty-ninth fixture of the season, having previously produced eighty-nine yellow cards and surprisingly, he hasn’t dished out a single red card this campaign.
He has taken charge of one Shakers game this season so far, as he took charge of the 2-2 draw when Mansfield visited the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane. Oldham has also taken charge of two Swindon games to date; their 2-1 loss at Grimsby and their 2-1 win at Macclesfield.
The previously mentioned game between Grimsby and Swindon was the only fixture in which the official didn’t produce a card. He has, however, cautioned six players in a game on two occasions. The game already mentioned between Macclesfield and Swindon saw the yellow card come out of Oldham’s pocket on six occasions, as it did when Oxford hosted Sunderland, with that game ending all square at 1-1.
We’ve Met Before
Out of the previous fifty meetings between the sides, Bury have come out on top seventeen times in comparison to Swindon’s twenty-one victories, meaning that there have been twelve draws between the two teams.
However, Bury have had a good record over Saturday’s visitors of late, winning the last four meetings and going unbeaten in the last six. Swindon have not beaten the Shakers since 2012.
The last ten Sky Bet League Two fixtures for each team sees the Shakers top of the table. Ryan Lowe and his side have collected twenty-two points from the thirty available; winning six and drawing four while keeping their unbeaten run going. Bury have hit the back of the net eighteen times in this period - MK Dons can match that, but no team has outscored the Shakers in the last ten games.
During the same period, Swindon Town sit sixth in the form table. Richie Wellens has guided his side to seventeen points via five wins and two draws. The other three games have ended in defeat for our opponents this weekend. They’ve notched sixteen goals in the time frame and just like the Shakers, Swindon have conceded nine in their last ten games.