Here’s our brief guide to Saturday’s highly-anticipated League One clash at Vale Park…
Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 3-2 vs Peterborough
Form guide: L-W-D-W-W
Manager: Nigel Clough
Last match: 2-1 vs Fleetwood
Form guide: D-W-D-L-W
Vale are to consult parent club Crystal Palace about whether Ryan Inniss (above) should feature in the game. The defender was carried off after coughing up blood on Saturday but doctors have passed him to continue playing.
Meanwhile, striker AJ Leitch-Smith is a major doubt which means one of Theo Robinson or JJ Hooper is expected to partner Louis Dodds. Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is odds-on to return in goal after Vale allowed Chris Neal to join Bury on loan.
Last time we met
The Valiants had Uche Ikpeazu sent-off as they lost 0-2 earlier this season.
- Vale wins: 4
- Burton wins: 2
- Draws: 3
Port Vale’s recent record against Burton: D-W-D-W-L
It was a memorable occasion on the 5th April 2013 as Lee Hughes netted a hat-trick during a 7-1 Vale victory.
Played for both
Players to appear for both sides include defenders Kris Taylor and Adam Yates, goalkeepers Stuart Tomlinson and Howard Matthews while Burton’s Damien McCrory is set to face Vale once again (the Irishman had two loan spells with the Valiants).
Games between the two sides seem to attract red cards. In nine games there have been FOUR sendings-off – Uche Ikpeazu (2015, above), Robbie Weir (2015), Marc Richards (2011) and Artur Krysiak (2010).
- The clubs first met competitively in 2010
- Vale won the first game 3-1 thanks to a double for Marc Richards and another for Sean Rigg
- Burton won the next game but then had to wait another six games for their second victory