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Match Preview – Crewe vs Bury

Last Updated: 12/10/18 10:41am

Crewe will be without Corey Whelan against Bury at Gresty Road on Saturday.

The on-loan Liverpool defender is away on international duty with the Republic Of Ireland Under-21s squad. Michael Raynes could come into the team in Whelan’s absence. Midfielder Harry Pickering is fit again after making his return from an ankle injury as a second-half substitute in the defeat at Lincoln.

Paul Green (knee) and Eddie Nolan (calf) remain long-term absentees for Crewe, who have lost three of their last four League Two matches.

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Bury, managed by former Crewe striker Ryan Lowe, will check on the fitness of Eoghan O’Connell. The defender has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and if he fails to make it, Callum McFadzean will continue in central defence.

Nicky Maynard, another former Crewe striker, is expected to continue up front after scoring twice in the 2-2 draw with Mansfield last weekend. The Shakers are in good form, having taken 14 points from their last seven matches.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Lincoln and Crewe.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Lincoln and Crewe.

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Crewe and Bury haven’t faced in a league match at Gresty Road since August 2015, sharing a 3-3 draw in League One.

In League Two, the last meeting between Crewe and Bury was in February 2011, with the Shakers winning 3-1 – current manager Ryan Lowe scored Bury’s third goal, while Crewe manager David Artell played the full match for the Railwaymen.

Crewe have lost just one of their last nine league games on home soil (W6 D2), keeping five clean sheets in the process.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Bury and Mansfield.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Bury and Mansfield.

Bury have failed to score in nine of their last 20 away league games (W3 D6 L11).

Charlie Kirk (three assists) and Harry Pickering (three assists) have each assisted 27% of Crewe’s 11 league goals this campaign – the highest percentages in the division (alongside Cambridge’s Jabo Ibehre).

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