Newly promoted Bury made a more than respectable start to life in League One last Saturday securing a deserved point at title-hopefuls Huddersfield and the Shakers pulled off an even more impressive feat on Tuesday by seeing off Championship Coventry 3-1 in the Carling Cup first round.
Richie Barker’s men will be buzzing then ahead of the visit of Carlisle to Gigg Lane and they can translate that confidence into a three-point haul, an outcome Blue Square offer at 5/4.
The Cumbrians managed to defeat Oldham on penalties in midweek, which will have lifted the spirits slightly but they started the campaign poorly, going down 3-0 at home to Notts County and it’s that result that is more significant ahead of this clash.
Meanwhile, after a prolific campaign for the Shakers in League Two, Ryan Lowe has picked up where he left off, scoring Bury’s leveller at Huddersfield and then bagging a brace in midweek and the in-form striker looks overpriced at 15/8 (Paddy Power) to find the net again in this encounter.
Also set for a home win are Hartlepool, priced by Sportingbet at 11/10. Mick Wadsworth’s charges managed a creditable stalemate at MK Dons last weekend then held Sheffield United to a draw before losing on penalties on Tuesday.
They should have too much then, for Walsall who were victorious in their opener against Leyton Orient but will arrive at Victoria Park without match-winner Adam Chambers, who was dismissed in their 3-0 Carling Cup reverse against Middlesbrough.
Doubling up Bury and Hartelpool meanwhile, returns at a tasty 15/4 (888Sport).
Bury to beat Carlisle – 5/4 (Blue Square)
Ryan Lowe to score at any time – 15/8 (Boylesports)
Hartlepool to beat Walsall – 11/10 (Sportingbet)
Double on Bury and Hartlepool – 15/4 (888Sport)