Accrington vs Bury by Isaiah
Accrington made a decent surprise last weekend to walk away with a 2:1 victory on the road against Exeter. However, things didn't go so smoothly for them at the start, as they were losing at the halftime due to a goal conceded in 35th minute when Nichols brought the hosts into the lead. Much better performance they showed in the repetition.
They got the equalizer quickly in 67th minute when McCartan was a goalscorer, while the second goal came in a bit lucky way, in second minute of additional time via Aldred. After this victory, team is exactly at the half of the season, with five points less than play-off placed sides, while relegation battle is distant enough for them at the moment. Coming to home matches, the team will want to improve the things and make first positive result at home after three unsuccessful as they had two draws and a defeat in most recent matches. Goalkeeper Matt Macey might be given a debut here, after he signed for the club on a loan deal from Arsenal. Full back Seamus Coneely also might be given a debut after he signed on a free transfer, while goalkeeper Jack Rose (4/0, hip problems) and central defender Adam Buxton (7/0, thigh injury) continue to be doubtful, with the second one having more chances to recover on time.
Bury, on the other hand, comes from a pretty unexpected defeat last weekend, with the team losing narrowly 1:0 on the road against Dagenham & Red. Only goal was scored in 51st minute via Murphy for hosts, while the overall impression is that Bury deserved something out of the game as well, but also that they could have played much, much better than they did.
This result broke their streak of two consecutive victories previously earned over Mansfield and Northampton, mini-run that previously broke their eight matches run of no victories. Having said that, it's obvious that performances of Bury are big question mark and full of unreliability at the moment. Still, they are at pretty high eight position and only one point below the play-off zone. Good position having in mind their previous poor form, but the team needs to get back to positive results in order to remain, get the play-off ticket and try to promote. Goalkeeper Nick Pope might be given a debut here after he signed from Charlton, as their keeper Shwan Jalal (6/0) has ankle problems. Striker Daniel Nardiello (15/5) continues to be out with an hamstring injury, while central defenders Pablo Mills (18/0) and Keil O'Brien (only one participation in FA Cup) also remain out.
Open game is expected from both sides, especially with the way Accrington plays at home. Bury will surely be searching for a victory here and will try to attack and make a balanced game at least, showing that they aren't pushovers this time. Both teams should also score here, with current odds from pinnacle having more than decent value right now.