Bury manager David Flitcroft is set to mix up his team at Shrewsbury Town this afternoon, following a slight blip which has seen them drop to sixth place and four points off the automatic promotion places.
The home side meanwhile could drop into the relegation zone should they lose and results go against them, so Micky Mellon will be hoping his side can distance themselves from the drop zone with a fifth victory of the season.
Here’s three things to look out for ahead of this afternoon’s encounter:
1) Chris Eagles
The former Manchester United and Burnley star has been named in the squad for the trip to Shrewsbury and at 30-years-old, Flitcroft clearly thinks he has what it takes to be a successful winger at Sky Bet League One level.
He could prove an inspired signing and possibly fire the Shakers to victory if he plays to his expected level. His wealth of experience – he’s made over 300 career appearances – could also help a Bury side get back to winning ways after a slight dip in form.
2) The Bury strike force
Only three teams have scored more goals in League One this season than Bury, and Leon Clarke is proving to be one of the signings of the season in the Football League after arriving for free in the summer.
If he and Nick Pope keep producing the goods – they’ve scored 14 goals between them already this season – then Shrewsbury will have to be at their best to get anything from the contest.
3) Fitness Issues
Both sides have struggled with fitness following midweek matches, with some of their key performers out injured or in doubt for this clash.
Ian Black would be the most notable absence for Micky Mellon’s side, with the experienced midfielder a doubt for this game. However, although he looks likely to miss the game, Mellon will likely give it as long as possible for the midfielder to prove his fitness for the game.
With both teams in need of the points for differing reasons, it is shaping up to be a fascinating encounter at Greenhous Meadow this afternoon.
Shrewsbury and Bury fans… what do you think the score will be this afternoon? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!