Bury manager David Flitcroft has admitted that the League Two campaign is fascinating him as his side prepare to host Portsmouth on Saturday.
The Shakers league form has been indifferent of late, having lost two of their last three, but the promotion candidates still sit third in the table.
Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester the former Rochdale midfielder stressed the importance of planning ahead of key fixtures.
“This is why League Two is fascinating at times, and I enjoy planning for the games,” said Flitcroft.
“Hopefully most of your detail is right between Monday and Friday, and then on Saturday you’re just implementing the game plan.
“We’ll always try and win a game and be positive and this is another opportunity,” he added.
After last weekend’s 3-2 defeat away at AFC Wimbledon, Flitcroft is expected to make changes to his starting XI.
Keil O’Brien remains on the side lines as he continues to miss out because of a knee injury; however there are no fresh injury concerns for Bury.
Pompey skipper Ben Chorley is expected to return after overcoming a calf problem but Jack Whatmough and Adam Webster miss out through injury while James Dunne is suspended.
When the sides last met at the JD Stadium in April the Shakers played out an entertaining 4-4 draw with their south coast opponents.
Despite having won only once in the last four encounters Bury will be hoping to buck that trend against a Portsmouth side that have drawn their last four fixtures.
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Shakers fans were in good voice last week on the Saturday morning institution that is Soccer AM – where the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Third Round draw was made.
Tranmere Rovers are the visitors to the JD Stadium in November and those fans will be hoping for a repeat of the recent 2-0 league win.
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