PUTTING this one up now as not around tomorrow until late – it’s the first time I’ve backed my boys this campaign and could be some value in following The Shakers as they head South.
NORTHAMPTON v BURY (7.45pm)
In a matter of weeks we’ve gone from looking down the barrel of a genuinely potential drop out of the Football League to a foot in the early season play-off places – a fickle beast is this football!
Something's begun to gel at Gigg and the results and run of form spell out more than just a fluke set of data; we’ve hit 2-0-2-4-1-3-2-2 team goals in the last successive 8 matches with an impressive 2-1-2-2 team goals on the road during the same spell.
New signing and former top-flight player Nicky Maynard has completed his move and can only bolster the attacking line-up as we take on a Northampton outfit who have been hit with 4, 0, 2 and 3 goals in their own last 4 by Mansfield, Notts County, Port Vale and Cheltenham respectively…noticeably all teams who are in pretty poor positions themselves.
Also worth noting is the H2H profile; of the 9 most recent match-ups stretching back over a 7 season spell, Bury have only failed to score once with an uncharacteristically good record of 3-0-3-2-2-3-3-1-4 team goals against The Cobblers who have sacked gaffer Dean Austin just hours ago.
Never pays to be too confident when backing your own team – especially if you happen to be a Bury fan – but I reckon it’ll be black puddings all round for this one.