This local derby could potentially be the most important game of the season for both teams. With both team languishing at the wrong end of the table, 3 points for either team would be crucial for survival in Sky Bet League One.
Bury are in 19th position and Oldham right behind in 20th. A win for Bury could see them climb to 16th whereas a win for Oldham could see them extend the current three-point gap from the relegation zone and move into 17th position.
Bury are expecting a large away following of over 1500 and both sets of fans at Sportsdirect.com Park will be fully getting behind their teams to grab the win.
Oldham Athletic manage John Sheridan and captain Peter Clarke have both been nominated for Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month and Player of the Month respectively. They will be hoping their performances to be nominated for these accolades continues into this game.
With Bury’s star man James Vaughan grabbing his 20th goal of the season with a bicycle kick in their previous game against Gillingham, Peter Clarke and Anthony Gerrard will need to keep up their superb defensive displays in recent games to keep him quiet.
Despite their 2-0 defeat in their previous game, Oldham go into his game in impressive form, picking up 14 points from seven games in February.
The same can be said for Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month nominee Lee Clark who, despite losing 2-1 at home to Gillingham in Bury’s previous game, has overseen three wins in his first three games in charge.
Latics supporters will not expect Brian Wilson and Lee Croft to make an appearance in this game after their red cards against Walsall in their previous game. Cameron Dummigan is still recovering from an injury in which he was stretchered off against Shrewsbury back in January.
Bury have no players on the injury list, giving Clark a variety of options heading into this relegation sixpointer.
Oldham Athletic: Ripley; Mcaughlin; Clarke; Gerrard; Hunt; Green; O’Neil; Banks; Taylor; Obadeyi; Amadi-Holloway
Bury: Murphy; Beadling; Burgess; Barnett; Moore; Styles; Mellis; Caddis; Leigh; Pope; Vaughan