Date: 11th October 2017 at 1:15pm
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Tony McMahon has been a very instrumental player for the Bantams this season and will be a massive loss for the next month or so. McMahon has damaged his hamstring and could face up to 6 weeks out which could mean he could be missing about 8 games, looking at some of the fixtures, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. But hey ho, injuries happen at every club and it just means someone else will get an opportunity to shine. McMahon has managed a quite a few assists of late and will be missed there is no denying, but looking at the squad as a whole and where our threats can come from, I’m confident in Stuart McCall freshening things up a little and still get the team pushing forward.

You can’t beat a great live Gigg
Experiencing just the 1 loss in our past 10 games with our last away loss last season at Bramall Lane back in April, our form is pretty good going to a club that have only won twice in the league thus far and precariously hovering above the relegation zone. With 6 games at Gigg Lane, Bury have lost 3 times and drawing just the once, our previous opponents MKD who we beat 1-4 at the weekend walked away 0-2 winners the week before in Bury’s last league match. Wyke is coming into some great goal scoring form having now scored 6 times in 10 games 3 of which have come in the last 2 games, but it isn’t Charlie Wyke I’m fancying for the scoreboard this weekend, I think Dominic Poleon will be a bit of a dark horse as he hasn’t scored in 6 games and actually believe he will get a shot in against Bury to rectify his lack of recent goals after a great scoring start to the season. City have the best away record in the league this season, we are joint with Shrewsbury on points gained, but we have scored the most away goals compared to everyone else in League 1 this season, and there is no reason that will change at Gigg Lane. Bury will need to score twice to get anything from the game which may prove a bit difficult as Doyle’s form of late has improved having a couple of clean sheets of late. We have been playing a bit poor of late, but still getting the results and a forced change due to the injury to McMahon will force McCall to freshen things up.

Will we Bury our heads in the sand?
We are without one of our most influential players, Tony McMahon and whoever replaced him will have big boots to fill. This will be the first game without McMahon for any forced changes and we might be ripe for the picking for an upset for Bury. The last time we made changes to the team we lost 0-3 at home to Fleetwood Town and things can easily backfire for the Bantams. Bury’s form may not be impressive, but 2 wins in their last 3 games will boost confidence a bit, especially the 3-0 win over Oxford United, a team we could only manage a draw against, also with a free weekend last weekend, you would expect Bury players to be a bit fresher than their opponents come Saturday afternoon. There is 1 name people will not associate with Bury, Jermaine Beckford, the ex Leeds United marvel who has also played for Everton and Leicester is in the ranks of Bury. When you think of Beckford you think of goals, and goals he has supplied this season having scored 6 goals in 11 games so far, scoring in 4 of his last 5 games. At only 33 years old, the 6’2′ striker will prove a handful for every defender in the league and will cause some keepers quite a few headaches before any final whistles are blown and we will need to do well to keep a clean sheet. Put it this way, in 6 home games City has scored 8 goals, Bury has scored 6, they may be near the bottom of the table, but they are not far behind us from scoring at home.

Head to head and form
77 games
28 City wins
23 Bury Wins
26 draws

Nothing spectacular and fairly similar across the board, but I will highlight you have to go back 10 fixtures between the 2 sides to find a win for Bury, the season they got the double over us back in 2009/10 which in itself proved the end of McCall’s first tenure as City manager. Last season City won this fixture 0-2 courtesy of Mark Marshall and Charlie Wyke and drawing the home tie, but we also managed a 2-1 win at Valley Parade in the League Trophy.

Recent form
Bury last 6 WLWDLD
City last WWLWWD
Bury last 6 home LWLDLL
City last 6 away WWDWWD

We are clearly in better form, but Bury are getting a couple of results especially after a dire run of 3 draws in 10 games.

Boz’s match verdict: Away win

5 Fun Facts
1. Current players to play for both Bury and City are Greg Leigh and Adam Thompson. Leigh had a spell with the Bantams in the 2015/16 season scoring twice in 9 appearances, but moved on due to lack of game time. Adam Thompson is currently on loan from Bury after 2 appearances off the bench in the league and a single start in the League cup, coming over to City, Thompson has only made 2 sub appearances the most recent the 23rd September away to Northampton.

2. Jermaine Beckford could be the most expensive player on the pitch at Gigg Lane having been sold for £3m by Everton to Leicester back in August 2011. Beckford’s ex Leeds United team mate Matt Kilgallon will possibly be the 2nd most expensive player on Saturday having commanded a fee of £1.75m when Leeds United sold him to Sheffield United in January 2007.

3. Jermaine Beckford’s first game at senior level was for Leeds United, a 0-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Elland Road on 21st March 2006 having come on as a sub on 77 minutes. Current City player Matt Kilgallon was his team mate that day having lasted the full 90 minutes. Ex Bantam, Robbie Blake also had the honour of being Beckford’s team mate that day, he himself a 2nd half sub coming on 15 minutes before Jermaine. Beckford’s first senior start was against Chester in the League cup at home a 1-0 win for Leeds United August 2006, a game where Kilgallon came on as a sub on 88 minutes.

4. Bury manager, Lee Clark started his managerial career at Huddersfield Town in December 2008. During his spell there which lasted just over 3 years taking in 178 games, Clark had his Terriers break the unbeaten run record in domestic competition in the regular season in the football league going 43 games unbeaten. Lee Clark’s career hasn’t had the same success as his Town days of 87 Wins and 40 Losses, losing more games now than winning, at Birmingham City with 33W 48L, Blackpool 3W 19L, Kilmarnock 10W 20L and finally and currently Bury 8W 13L.

5. Bury winger and Jamaica international, Chris Humphrey was managed by current City manager Stuart McCall at Motherwell. McCall gave Humphrey his 1 and only Champions League appearance in July 2012, a 0-2 loss at Fir Park against Panathinaikos, a game which also featured current City midfielder Nicky Law.

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