Saturday sees a Lancashire hotpot of a derby at Gigg Lane as high flying Bury take on their neighbours Oldham Athletic in League Two. There are around twenty miles, 9 places and 14 points that separate the Shakers and Latics.
Bury have adjusted better to life in League Two than their near rivals. Top scorers in the league whereas Oldham are on their third manager of the season.
When these sides met at Boundary Park on 15th December, Latics ran out 4-2 winners with Chris O`Grady scoring a hat-trick. Oldham were 3-0 up by halftime. Yet 12 days later, Frankie Bunn was sacked with the club relying on academy manager, Pete Wild to take the helm whilst the club looked for a permanent replacement to Bunn.
Although Wild oversaw an FA Cup run, he made it clear that he preferred to stay over the academy at Boundary Park. In that time, Bury manager Ryan Lowe has guided his side up the table where they currently sit second, just two points off top spot.
The Shakers are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and are the highest scorers in League Two. In fact, they are the only undefeated side in the five divisions in England.
Across at Boundary Park, Paul Scholes became the new permanent manager on an 18 month contract. He won his first game in charge 4-1 against Yeovil Town. However, conceeding two late goals in the last two games, Crewe and Morecambe have seen Oldham drop points. The midweek defeat to lowly Morecambe was a blow to the clubs hopes of reaching the play offs.
Oldham are currently 11th in the table, 6 points off the final play off spot currently held by Carlisle United.
There should be a bumper crowd at Gigg Lane for this derby with Oldham selling over over 2,500 tickets with the last 800 being snapped up.
The man in the middle for the game is Darren Drysdale who in 28 games this season has given 3 red and 97 yellow cards.