This is a "big" Lancashire derby, which is always keenly fought, in front of two passionate sets of supporters. Bury have had much the better of the series in recent years and are unbeaten in eleven visits to Spotland. I see little changing this time round and again expect the visitors to leave with local bragging rights.
Both teams narrowly missed out on promotion last season and are taking a while to hit their stride . Dale look a little off the pace and goals are proving a problem after the sale of top scorer Adam Le Fondre, I am sure that they will come good, but Keith Hill might need a little longer to rally his troops.It was a similar story last campaign, when it took six games for them to awaken from their slumber, after losing out in the playoff final the previous season.
Bury have yet to win at home, but are creating chances and have won both road starts and for now, seem happier away from Gigg Lane. They have done well to keep strikers Andrew Morrell and Andy Bishop at the club, although we still have three more days of the transfer window to get through, or endure, if you are a coach of a smaller club, with limited resources and for the first time in ages, both are fit to start if chosen. Away win, in a division where only 40.21% of games have been won by home teams over the last two seasons.
6 points Bury +1/4 ball 1.85 asian line.