Now the business end of the season is upon us football fans across the country are allowed to get a little nervous if their team is in with a shout of earning promotion.
While the Premier League and Championship both have runaway leaders, Leagues One and Two are a little different and Vale fans in the betting world must be sensing this table is ours for the taking.
With just five games to go, manager Micky Adams knows Vale still have a slight chance of winning this league, while an automatic promotion spot is now firmly within our grasp.
Not that we are jumping the gun here – as Vale fans we know how quickly things can turn sour – but with a game in hand over top-place Gillingham and home ties against fellow chasers Burton Albion and Northampton our fate is very much in our own hands.
Tom Pope’s late leveller at Chesterfield on Monday should keep confidence high heading into tomorrow’s crunch tie with Burton. We’re currently priced at 1.16 with bet365 to gain automatic promotion and victory over the Brewers will only narrow those football betting odds
For fans in the betting world, siding with Adams to get the job done seems like a no brainer. While our three remaining home games are all winnable, the fact our last two away fixtures are against nothing-to-play-for teams Rochdale and Wycombe means we could be staring at maximum points from our last five games.
With Pope on form Vale fans can be more optimistic than they ever have been on gaining promotion out of this league and into a division where we belong.