With a resurgent Notts County having found form over the past three or so weeks, they would have been disappointed that last week’s game fell foul because of Oldham’s three international call-ups.
That being said, the Magpies will be relishing getting back into action as they look to extend their five-match unbeaten run and three-match winning run away at Bury on Saturday.
Bury are on a decent unbeaten run themselves, unbeaten in four and on the fringes of the play-off places. However, they have drawn all of their last three, to Crewe, Mansfield and Northampton, all games that they would perhaps hope to achieve maximum points from.
Their home record though is pretty good, winning three, drawing two and only losing once at Gigg Lane so far this season, a much better record than the Magpies’ away form, although they are unbeaten in their last two away from Meadow Lane.
The squad that Ryan Lowe has assembled shows exactly why Bury are in a promising position in the League Two table. Their array of strikers is probably at a level way above this tier: Chris Dagnall, Jermaine Beckford, Dominic Telford, Caolan Lavery and Nicky Maynard have all played at a higher level for the majority of their careers.
And even though Lowe is a fairly rookie manager, the undoubted quality all over the pitch could easily cause Notts a lot of problems.
But County will be going into it on a high and full of confidence. They have no new injury concerns to worry about and could even welcome back a few faces into the fray such as Richard Duffy and Ben Hall, but it’s unlikely that manager Harry Kewell will want to disrupt his in-form side too much.
The two sides haven’t met since the 2012/13 League One season, a campaign where Notts did the double over the Greater Manchester side. The Shakers were relegated to League Two at the end of the season.
But if past results between the sides are anything to go by then goals are a certainty at Gigg Lane. Past results between the two sides include a 4-1, 5-0, 3-3 and 4-2.
In fact, the last six games between the teams, dating back to 2009, have merited a return of 28 goals, an average of over four and a half goals per game.
These two sides are in the best form of any team outside of the top seven so regardless of the result it should be a good game on Saturday. But Notts will feel that it’s a game that they can win to help them carry on their climb up the table.
The most important thing for Notts is to extend their unbeaten run to six, to return to Nottingham with a point on Saturday would most definitely be a point gained rather than two lost.
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