Carlisle make a return to the outskirts of Greater Manchester for the first time since 2015, in the hope of avenging two league defeats the last season the two teams met.
On the last occasion Bury came out triumphant, and did so in the league winning promotion.
On their return, however, Carlisle are a different proposition; from fighting for survival to a competitive league two team.
The early season promise though hadn’t been proved to be sustainable yet, with Carlisle losing 2-0 to Tranmere at the weekend and dropping from fourth to eleventh in the process.
In a good returning short trip for fans Carlisle will hope for a good support behind them and to get something from the game.
On the short trip to face the team with the shortest name in England, it’s safe to say that “short” is a repetitive word in this situation. The Bury players will not be short of confidence whatsoever after three successive league victories lifting the Shakers up to seventh in the table.
An ever present starter in these games has been none other than former Carlisle fan favourite Nicky Adams. The midfielder is back to fitness and helping his team into a good vain of form, much like the influence he first had at Carlisle in an explosive first season with the club.
Also in the ranks is a veteran who at his peak at bounds of potential.
Jermaine Beckford always was a rival at Leeds, nevertheless, one of his early destinations was a loan at Carlisle – Just the four appearances before a Leeds career that lifted off.
- A resounding 21 wins for Carlisle in 40 meetings – 13 for Bury.
- Bury won the last two meetings in the 2015 season.
- Previously Carlisle had an 11 game unbeaten run stretching back to 2003.
- Carlisle’s last victory at Gigg Lane came in 2011 in league one.
Carlisle: Collin, Liddle, Parkes, Gerrard, Gillesphey, Etuhu, Devitt, Yates, Hope, Bennett, Nadesan.
Bury: Murphy, Aimson, Thompson, Stokes, Adams, Danns, O’Shea, Macfadzean, Mayor, Dagnall, Moore.
Picture Credit: Carlisle United