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Knill’s departure could send Bury into slump as they chase promotion

| 02.04.2011

Alan Knill’s shock departure in midweek has left Bury fans reeling, and Oxford United can rub salt into the wound when the two teams meet on Satuday.

Oxford are unbeaten when they travel to the top eight teams, and while Bury beat Oxford at the Kassam Stadium earlier in the season, Oxford look a huge price at 11/4.

Bury are on a run of four games without a win and if you look back to last season, Bury were in the top three for most of the season until mid March when they started to collapse.

The Shakers are on a run of four games without a win and the 1/1 for them to win offers little value.

Three of the last four games at Bury’s Gigg Lane have ended in a draw and caretaker boss Richie Barker would take the point (12/5) as he looks to limit the damage from Knill’s departure.

It’s a tough tie for Bury to bounce back from and while Oxford may just fall short of the win, backing the 1-1 draw at 11/2 looks the best bet.

Chesterfield vs Port Vale

Port Vale currently sit 16th in the League Two form table with Chesterfield sitting third and once again we have to side with the League Two leaders at 5/6.

Port Vale may have won 5-0 in Chesterfield last season, but that is their only win in the Derbyshire town and on the basis of the Valiants current form, there’s absolutely no value in backing them at 10/3.

Chesterfield continue to dominate in League One and while a last minute goal from Barnet last week denied them all three points, the league leaders continue to offer all the value in League Two.

A 2-0 Chesterfield win is priced at 6/1 and looks the pick of the correct score market.

A £20 double on Chesterfield and Oxford would return £137.40. New customers can sign up here to get £60 in free bets.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.