Bury v Oldham preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Bury and Oldham at Gigg Lane.

Last Updated: 27/04/12 at 12:40   

Picken: Set to start for Bury

Picken: Set to start for Bury

Bury will be without suspended defender Andrai Jones.

Jones received a second booking in the closing stages of last weekend's 4-2 win over Notts County, a victory that secured League One status for Richie Barker's side next season.

Phil Picken is expected to come in for the 20-year-old in what will be his first appearance since featuring as a substitute in the 4-1 triumph over Chesterfield on Easter Monday.

Elsewhere, Barker has a fully fit squad to choose from and is expected to stick with a swashbuckling 4-4-2 formation.

The Shakers have four wins in five outings on the back of 13 without victory, scoring 11 times in the process, and skipper Steven Schumacher believes the tactical changes has been vital in this turnaround.

"During the middle part of the season, we had to change formation (to 4-5-1) to be a little more solid," he told The Bury Times. "I think it was necessary, but, thankfully, we've gone back to what we're good at and we've taken our performances on from last year to this year."

Oldham boss Paul Dickov is expected to give some of his fringe players an opportunity to impress.

Last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to Preston guaranteed Latics' League One status for next season.

James Tarkowski, who has impressed by making 24 appearances in his breakthrough season at Boundary Park, is in line to feature and could be joined by fellow teenage defender Carl Winchester.

Connor Hughes, David Mellor and Kirk Millar may all come into contention in midfield, although Dickov is unlikely to make wholesale changes.

Goalkeeper Alex Cisak and midfielder James Wesolowski are recovering well from shoulder injuries, but Dickov confirmed they will not be risked again this term.

"Thankfully for us Alex doesn't need an operation," he told Oldham's official website. "I think it would be stupid to put him in before the end of the season. (James') situation is similar to Alex. Is it worth risking a player for the last game of the season when he has been out for 12 weeks."

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
20:00
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15:00
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Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
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Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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