Two of the league’s out of form sides go head to head this weekend, as bottom of the league Bury host playoff-chasing Charlton.
Form and Table
It has been a nightmare six weeks for The Shakers. They have failed to pick up a single point in their last six league matches. The defeats coming against Portsmouth, Peterborough, Rotherham, Fleetwood, Scunthorpe and Plymouth. On top of this, Bury have also failed to score in their last seven games, with goals proving really hard to find since the injury to Jermaine Beckford. The recent, disastrous form means they sit rock bottom of League One, 11 points away from safety.
Charlton’s form is not good either. After a strong start, one win since 21st November means Charlton have slipped down the table to 8th position. After beating Rochdale 2-1 in late November, the Addicks went nine games without a win in the league and cup before finally ending the torrid run last Saturday with a scrappy 1-0 win at home to Oldham. The Addicks are just outside the playoffs but will feel very disappointed with that after being in third at the end of October.
Bury will be without main striker Jermaine Beckford after the injury he suffered in late December ruled him out for the season. Michael Smith, who has been the starting striker since Beckford’s injury, left Bury for Rotherham on Thursday. This means latest signing James Hanson will start his second league game for Bury after signing on loan from Sheffield United at the start of the transfer window. Nicky Ajose will be ineligible to play due to being on loan to Bury from Charlton.
Charlton still have a massive injury list with Billy Clarke, Tariqe Fosu, Jason Pearce, Chris Solly, Jake Forster-Caskey, Naby Sarr and Lewis Page all unavailable. Manager of Charlton, Karl Robinson said in his pre-match press conference he has just 16 fit first team players at the moment due to Charlton’s very thin squad and huge injury list. The Addicks were only able to take six subs to their Boxing Day match with Southend and may face a similar situation this Saturday.
Earlier on in the season, Bury held Charlton to a 1-1 draw when they travelled to the Valley. Jermaine Beckford gave Bury an early lead after scoring a fantastic goal in the 9th minute. Josh Magennis headed home in the 39th minute to draw the Addicks level. After a lacklustre first half, Charlton pushed for a winner and almost got it in stoppage time but Bury goalkeeper Murphy superbly tipped Magennis’ header wide to earn The Shakers a point.
It’s hard to see Bury ending the run of games without scoring, being against one of the stronger defences in the league. However, a 0-0 may be likely with the Addicks struggling to score at the moment. Just four goals in their last seven have for Addicks. How, ver it feels likely that with the likes of new signing Mavididi and Holmes on the pitch, Charlton can nick a goal and take home the three points.
Prediction: Bury 0-1 Charlton