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Bury v Millwall - the stats

24 November 2016

Check our numbers guide to Saturday's game at Gigg Lane

Bury fans must be looking back to the early days of the season with dewy-eyed nostalgia. Old men, their voices breaking with emotion, will be telling their sons about the good old days back in September when the League table stretched out below them and titles were theirs for the taking. From late August through September The Shakers completed six wins on the spin when, suddenly and inexplicably, the Bury express hurtled off the edge of a cliff...and is still falling!

Defeat away at Sheffield United last Tuesday night means that it is now nearly two months since their last win. The stats make grim reading with the Greater Manchester outfit gleaning just two points from their last nine games. The precipitous drop has left them in 19th spot, two places off the drop-zone and six places below Millwall.

However, caretaker boss Chris Brass will take a crumb of comfort from his team's record against The Lions in historical encounters. In 41 previous meetings The Shakers have emerged victorious on 17 occasions, surpassing Millwall's winning total of 13 games, with 11 ending in a draw.

On the other side of the coin, Den boss Neil Harris will be hoping to keep his recent record against the northern outfit intact. In 2015/16 The Lions came away triumphant from both of the season's encounters. The first meeting, in November 2015, saw Millwall narrowly claim the spoils in a fiercely competitive 1-0 encounter at The Den, with Shaun Williams bagging the winning goal.

The last encounter away at Gigg Lane in April 2016 resulted in a more convincing and decisive performance from a Millwall team looking to secure their place in the Play-Offs.

Before this encounter, Millwall had gone five away games without a win, placing their Play-Off aspirations in jeopardy. And it was Chris Taylor, drafted in on loan from Blackburn Rovers, who came to The Lions' rescue.

After weathering an opening onslaught from Bury which required a brilliant save from Jordan Archer, and a ball headed off the line by Mark Beevers, it was the Taylor who opened the scoring. His corner kick, with just four minutes on the clock, curled around a crowded six-yard box and dropped, somewhat fortuitously, into the back of the net.

Half an hour later and it was Steve Morison claiming a piece of the action. A quick one-two with Taylor and a neatly angled finish brought his goal tally for the season to eighteen.

But Bury were still full of fight and after having yet another effort cleared off the line, this time by Jimmy Abdou, were rewarded with a goal on the stroke of half-time.

An inviting cross into the box from John O'Sullivan was obligingly lashed into the roof of the Millwall net by striker Ryan Lowe, giving Jordan Archer no chance.

In the second-half The Shakers came out in aggressive mood hoping to maintain their attacking momentum. But a cool and obdurate Lions defence kept them resolutely at bay and eventually The Lions delivered the killing blow. Again it was a Morison/Taylor combination that picked the lock of the Bury defence. In a role reversal from the second goal it was a pass from Morison that set up Taylor who shot home through a tangle of bodies in the box to settle the argument.

If you fancy a repeat of that 3-1 scoreline in Millwall's favour this Saturday, Sky Bet are offering 14/1, with Bury 10/1 to record a 1-0 success and a 0-0 draw 11/1.

Sky Bet have The Lions 21/20 to win outright, the home side 5/2 and the draw also priced at 5/2. 

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