Bury vs Northampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

Two out of form teams come head-to-head here, although this fixture means significantly more to one than the other. Northampton might be out of form having not won any of their last six, but, as they sit seven points above the drop-zone, appear to have secured their League One status for another year at least. On the other hand, as they sit outside of the bottom four by just two points, having played one more than Port Vale who currently occupy the last relegation spot, Bury are in trouble.

If ever there was a time for the Shakers to regain their form and find a win, this is it. The fact that the hosts face a Northampton side who’ve got nothing to play for could both be a help and a hindrance. If Bury put their best foot forward then they could easily overcome a side who’ve already achieved their objectives, but if they become complacent then the visitors, who’re under no pressure to perform, could cause an upset.

Quite frankly, neither of these teams are solid, hence their respective poor runs, and thus backing either to come out on top isn’t all that wise. Instead, the bet that stands out is ‘Both Teams to Score’.

Going forward, having scored no less than 58 goals, Bury haven’t exactly been poor, but in conceding 72 they really have been. They may have kept a clean sheet on Tuesday night, but with the pressure on to win in front of their own fans they’ll have to come forward and make something happen. Such a tactic has often lead to the Shakers conceding on the counter. Unsurprisingly, they’ve kept just five clean sheets at home all season.

Northampton have been similar to their hosts in the sense that they’re useful in the final third on their day, but often very poor at the back as their total of 60 goals scored and 70 conceded suggests. With just three shutouts from 22 attempts, clean sheets away from home are not the visitors’ speciality and they’re expected to concede here. However, given the defensive frailties that are almost constantly showcased by Bury, they cannot be ruled out at the other end and could easily get on the scoresheet.

Given Bury’s precarious position, this is definitely tough to call but, regardless of the end result, goals at both ends are fancied at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon.

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