Port Vale take on Shrewsbury Town on Saturday and here’s our brief preview to the game…
Date: Saturday 31 October
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Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 0-2 vs Burton
Recent form: L-L-D-L-L
Manager: Micky Mellon
Last match: 2-0 vs Bury
Recent form: L-W-L-L-W
Vale must also decide on their formation for home games. They opted for O’Connor, Foley and Grant for the Burton game and the odds are that the trio will start this game as well. That puts the focus on Vale’s attacking thread and specifically the Valiants will need to work out who is going to replace Uche Ikpezu who is suspended.
The candidates include JJ Hooper (above) who came on as a sub against Burton Albion. There’s also the question of the supply line to Ikpeazu with the likes of Louis Dodds, AJ Leitch-Smith and Byron Moore all in contention.
Manager Rob Page on the match.
Last time we met…
It was a dull goalless draw back in February 2014 when the sides last met. The fixture at Vale Park ended in a 3-1 win for the Vale with Jordan Hugill scoring his first Vale goal.
There have been a number of players to appear for both clubs over the years including goalkeeper Chris Neal who is happily recovering from his summer injury. Other recent players to appear for both sides include:
- Winger Ashley Vincent
- Midfielder Romaine Sawyers
- Goalkeeper Joe Anyon
- Defender Jack Grimmer
- Midfielder Sean McAllister
Port Vale’s goal of the 2013-14 season came against Shrewsbury.
- 14 Port Vale wins
- 29 Port Vale losses
- 15 draws
A few essential facts about our opponents to impress your mates with…
- The two sides first met in 1951 with Vale losing 2-0
- But Vale won the return in 1952 for their first victory.
- Vale hammered the Shrews 4-1 in both 1960 and 1961
- But Shrewsbury’s biggest win was a thumping 7-3 in 1970.