FA Cup: Stand four-square behind Rochdale bogey team Bury  


Rochdale are given the chance to shake a firmly-affixed monkey off their backs when hosting fellow League One mid-tablers Bury in the second round of the FA Cup, but the past suggests they’ll fall short, as always.

Never in the near-70 year history of this fixture have Rochdale triumphed on their own turf against Bury in cup competition, a stat worth knowing ahead of formulating a betting plan for what ought to be a tight encounter.

Bury have won once and drawn once at Spotland Stadium in the FA Cup, with two wins in the League Cup, two in the Football League Trophy, and a penalties triumph the last time the North West pair met in Rochdale for a knockout bout, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy four years ago.

With that in mind, a double-chance bet on Bury or the draw at 8/13 looks an absolute must-have wager.

For those who disagree, Ladbrokes have boosted the odds on Rochdale to win and both teams to score from 3/1 to 4/1, and the bookies are rolling out their generous Double Your Odds 1st Goalscorer offer for this fixture, which will be shown live on telly.

That means if your first-goalscorer pick bags the opener within the first 25 minutes of the match, Ladbrokes will double the odds on your winning bet.*

Leon Clarke is Bury’s top League One scorer this season with nine goals and grabbed a fourth-minute opener in the 3-1 defeat at Gillingham a few weeks back.

He looks a decent bet in this market at 5/1, but Tom Pope bagged within 20 minutes of his side’s only other FA Cup fixture this term, a 4-0 win at home to Wigan. The 30-year-old must also be taken into consideration at 17/2.

Iain Henderson has bagged three of the hosts past four goals, including both their last couple of openers, and gets a 5/1 co-favourite quote from the bookies, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who notched all of Rochdale’s efforts in the 3-1 win over Swindon in the first round, available at 9/1.

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Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.