Oxford United may be flying relatively high in League One at the moment but they will be in for a stern test on Tuesday evening when they welcome Bury to the Kassam Stadium and we’re reluctant to back the home side at Evens to do the business in front of their own fans.
Michael Appleton’s men sit a reasonably respectable 10th in the League One table as things stand although they have been something of a mixed bag of late both at home and away and whilst they are favourites to collect all three points this week, such odds represent meagre value. Indeed the U’s have dropped points in eleven of their home games since the start of the campaign and there is every reason to believe that visitors Bury can leave with at least something for their troubles on Tuesday evening.
Bury have been in the wrong half of the League One table for much of the season although they have clearly benefited from the appointment of Lee Clark as manager. Indeed since his arrival the Lancashire outfit have been something of a different animal and with just a solitary defeat in their last ten outings and clean sheets in the last four, there is every reason to believe that the visitors can come away with at least a point in the bag.
That would be a decent outcome for Clark but less so for the home side given that they will be desperate to climb into the play-offs at some point in the coming few weeks. Nevertheless the hosts were held to a dismal goal-less draw in their weekend trip to Northampton and one feels that Tuesday evening’s clash with the Shakers will also do little to set the pulses racing.