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Two League One teams clash in the second round of the EFL Trophy, as Bury travel to the Midlands to face Walsall. Both teams progressed through the group stages of the new look competition, and will be starting to dream of a potential Wembley showpiece.
Bury overcame a terrible start, when they lost 4-0 at home to local rivals Rochdale, by winning their next two fixtures, 1-0 to Blackburn and 3-1 to Stoke U21’s, to book their place in round two.
Walsall topped their group with a 3-1 win over West Brom U21’s, a loss on penalties to Coventry and a 1-0 triumph at League One pacesetters Shrewsbury.
One player key to Bury’s chances of winning is left back, Greg Leigh. The Manchester born defender has been in great form this season at both ends of the pitch, and is one of the only players who has earned any credit so far, this season.
Walsall will be depending on Erhun Oztumer to continue his fine form in the attacking midfield role, that has seen him score ten goals and get three assists in 23 games.
In terms of their league form, Walsall sit comfortably in 13th place having won three of their last five and can now start looking up the table rather than down.
Bury have endured a nightmare season so far, and find themselves in 23rd position in the table. However, with new manager Chris Lucketti coming in, fortunes look like they could be about to turn, with a win and a draw from their last two games, Bury don’t go into this game as complete underdogs.
The two teams have met already this season, with Bury winning 1-0 on the opening day of the season, with a Jermaine Beckford goal separating the two teams. But can Bury repeat that result? Or will Walsall triumph?