In this the season of goodwill. Bury will hope to bring a great deal of festive cheer to those who decide to watch football, rather than brave Christmas shopping at the Trafford Centre this weekend.
A few changes will likely be made to the side still reeling from last Saturday’s derby defeat at Oldham Athletic.
While most of the players in this side are shoo-ins to start against Tranmere, as they have been so many times this season, this should be the starting eleven as the Shakers look to notch up another win under the lights of Gigg Lane.
After a brace at Boundary Park, Caolan Lavery should be recalled to the starting eleven to start alongside Nicky Maynard in an attacking duo.
Lavery, on loan from Championship side Sheffield United, has never really settled when out on loan at any club he’s been at. Enduring at times a stop-start career.
A run in the side could be just what he needs in order to fire in the goals. That can only come if Lowe chooses to put faith in him, as he should on Saturday.
Having gone three games without a goal, Nicky Maynard may be rested, but this may pose to great a risk for Lowe.
Another change will likely come at the back, although this will pose more trouble for Lowe than the changes needed to be made in the forward line.
Will Aimson is a favourite to be recalled to the team, having been dropped for Eoghan O’Connell after Cheltenham in November. It may be O’Connell who is dropped to the bench, questions may be asked whether the Irishmen was brought back too early from injury.
Best players of the half season
Cheltenham manager Michael Duff said Bury were there best team in League Two this season, this after their 4-1 defeat at Gigg only a few games ago. So which players have thrived as Bury began life back in League Two.
Adam Thompson has thrived so far in a central defensive area and is a favourite amongst fans and the manager and unless his 2019 is plagued by injury, will play every game virtually in the centre of a back three. Who will play with him on a consistent basis could be a concern.
Jay O’Shea is another who Bury can’t do without and more’s to the problem would leave a massive hole if he was to miss any amount of fixtures, thriving in front of goal and alongside Neil Danns forming a solid partnership in the middle of the park. Named League Two’s November player of the month.
Danny Mayor is undoubtedly Bury’s best player when everybody is playing at their best. Technically the most capable and one of the few players in League Two who poses such a threat despite not being a striker. Also widely recognised outside the club as well.
Like Thompson and O’Shea, Bury will want the midfielder firing on all cylinders in order to achieve promotion.