Under different circumstances, Bury’s draw against Oldham on Saturday would’ve been viewed as a more than reasonable result; however, the Shakers need wins and wins only at this stage, such is their predicament at the foot of the League One table. Ryan Lowe’s men remain nine points shy of safety and their survival in England’s third tier is becoming less and less likely.
Unlike Bury, Peterborough came out on top on Saturday, so their push for play-offs is going well. Both poor defending and consistency have hindered the Posh, who’re now managed by Steve Evans this season, though if they continue to attack as well as they did last time out, defending may not be the biggest issue. With 11 games to go, Peterborough are just a point behind 6th place Plymouth with a game in hand. Certainly not a bad position to be in.
After scoring four against Charlton, Peterborough will really fancy they’re chances against a Bury side who look destined for the drop. However, defensive frailties remain for the visitors.
Talking of defensive frailty, Bury continued to look weak at the back on Saturday afternoon, as they conceded twice against Oldham. Going forward, the Shakers looked to be positive and such tactics paid off, but they were once again made to pay for not being able to remain resolute defensively. Ryan Lowe’s side have now conceded at least once in 14 of their last 15 league matches, while they’ve conceded at least twice in seven of those. Against a Peterborough side who have lots of quality in the forward areas, it’s easy to see the hosts once again floundering from a defensive point of view.
Though the hosts are struggling defensively, this is no time for them to try and shut up shop. If the hosts do try to sit back, Posh are likely to walk all over them. What’s more, with the position they’re in, Bury need to continue being brave. In truth, such tactics could help them to do well in this fixture. Peterborough haven’t been hard to breach at all this season, as they’ve kept a clean sheet in just 17% of their League One matches.
The visitors, like Bury, are also weak at the back, but they do offer a lot going forward and will likely back themselves to outscore the hosts. Steve Evans will get his side to play on the front foot, so the fans in attendance at Gigg Lane could see quite an open encounter. After all, Peterborough need to win as many games as they can to make the play-offs and they will be targeting this as a must win fixture.
All in all, with the two teams likely to have a good go at each other, goals are fancied on Tuesday night. Given that both are capable in the final third, while neither are strong at the back, ‘Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score’ makes plenty of appeal at the prices, while backing the visitors, who have lots of quality in the final third and who should relish facing an open side like Bury, to score more than once also stands out.
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