Fleetwood Town take on Sky Bet League Two side Bury in their third and final Group B match in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm.
Bury go into the game as favourites to win, however the Cod Army have never lost against the Shakers in the nine previous meetings between the two sides.
Joey Barton spoke to the media following Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup win over Alfreton Town, and provided an update on who could feature on Tuesday night…
“Ched Evans had a little bit of a sore ankle, so we didn’t want to risk him. Craig Morgan had a little bit of an illness, a family illness which he’s contracted so he’s been in quarantine and kept away from all the players so he doesn’t pass the lurgy on to them. Hopefully he’ll be fine whether it’s for Tuesday night or not, I’m not sure but we’ve got a fit and healthy squad.
“Conor McAleny is on the way back, Dean Marney is nearly there, his calf was a little bit tight so we didn’t want to risk him today but we are getting back to the numbers we want, which is everyone available for selection.”
Last five results in all competitions (from the left):
Fleetwood Town: W L W L L (Currently 12th in Sky Bet League One)
Bury: W W L D W (Currently 10th in Sky Bet League Two)
Last time we met…
The last time Fleetwood and Bury met was in the Checkatrade Trophy 3rd Round back in January at Gigg Lane. Town came away victorious, winning 3-2 on the day thanks to goals from Jordy Hiwula - who scored a brace - and a Bobby Grant penalty.
Fleetwood have won the last three previous meetings against Bury, 3-2, 2-0 and 3-2, two of which were away from home.
Tuesday will see the two teams meet for the first time since last season.
One to Watch
Nicky Maynard, the ex-West Ham, Cardiff, Wigan and Aberdeen striker, is Bury’s one to watch on Tuesday evening.
Maynard is a very experienced football league player with 205 Championship, 89 League One and 8 League Two appearances - scoring an impressive 99 goals. The Englishman has also played in the Europa League (qualifying rounds) during his spell at Aberdeen.
The 31-year-old forward has had a great start with Bury this season being directly involved in eight goals in eight games (six goals, two assists). Maynard has averaged a goal every 106 minutes in the league, so far.
The former Premier League striker joined Bury in late September 2018, having left Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen, in the summer. Initially the deal was only until January but after recent impressive performances, a contract extension to the end of the season has been agreed.
Town go into the game as slight underdogs, as they are yet to win in Group B of the Checkatrade Trophy. The Cod Army are priced at 15/8, but a draw is 23/10.
Bury are priced at 5/4, and have won one and lost one in the group so far, which means all is to play for come Tuesday.
Chris Long has one goal in two starts in his Checkatrade Trophy campaign, and for the 23-year-old to score first, you can currently get odds of 15/2, with either Ged Garner or Harrison Biggins to open the scoring at 7/1.
For Fleetwood to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2, you can get odds of 17/2.
Please gamble responsibly. All odds are subject to change.
The club have not received an allocation of tickets for this game, as all tickets for the game on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45pm, must be purchased on the day.
There will be no coach provided for travel.
Town fans will be housed in Blocks G, H and I of the Main Stand at Gigg Lane, with home supporters in the remainder of the stand.
The prices for the tickets are below:
Adults - £10
65+, 16 and Under, Disabled - £5
Turnstiles on the evening will be cash only.