It’s a huge game at Bury’s Gigg Lane on Friday night, and both Bury and Shrewsbury need to get their automatic promotion hopes back on track with a win.
The two sides have mustered just eight points between them over the past six games, and as a result have seen their title challenges wilt, but a win for either side in Friday’s televised game would put them back in the hunt for the third automatic promotion spot.
In 25 matches at Gigg Lane, Bury have won 11 to Shrewsbury’s five and Alan Knill’s side are 6/5 to come away with the three points.
Shrewsbury were many people’s outside tip for the title pre-season and their current plight will disappoint boss Graham Turner, but the away win at Accrington Stanley, and the draw with league leaders Chesterfield has suggested the Shrews are close to finding their form.
At 11/5 to beat Bury, Turner’s side offer all the value in the betting and can come away with the three points.
Don’t expect fireworks at Gigg Lane on Friday night, not many goals are scored when these two meet and the 8/11 for under 2.5 goals is the diamond bet of the day.
Only three of the last fourteen games have produced over 2.5 goals and a 1-0 win for Shrewsbury also offers plenty of value at 7/1.
The two sides met earlier in the season in the Johnston’s Paint Trophy where the spoils were shared in a 0-0 draw which Shrewsbury eventually won on penalties, and a repeat of that 0-0 scoreline is priced at 8/1.
However a draw is no good for either side, and Shrewsbury can capitalise on the early kick-off and pile the pressure on their promotion rivals.
A £10 stake on Mark Wright scoring first and Shrewsbury winning 1-0 would return £410. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.