Pre-match views: Port Vale v Stevenage

Pre-match views: Port Vale v Stevenage

Join the debate: What’s Vale’s best formation? Will you take advantage of cheap ticket prices? How will Vale fare on Saturday?

About the pre-match views series

In a new occasional series, we round-up the pre-match news stories and highlight topics being debated on the OVF Forum.

On Saturday Vale take on Stevenage in the FA Cup. It will be seen by many as a crucial game not only for the potential revenue a cup run can deliver but also to see how Vale respond to a poor run of form. Here’s how the run-up to the game has unfolded on OVF…

Talking point

Experience is key…

OVF editor Rob Fielding feels the club needs to call on experienced players for the FA Cup tie against Stevenage on Saturday | Read his views here

Pre-match forum topics

Vote: the formation?

Which formation should the side adopt for the game? Emile poses that question in the following topic and asks you to vote for your preferred formation | Click here to vote and discuss

Reduced prices a good move?

The club have issued reduced ticket prices for the game (surely a good idea we can all agree) but should they have publicised them better? | Join the debate here

Discuss the match itself

Whether it’s team news, your prediction or just your hopes and expectations for the game, you can discuss them all on our dedicated matchday thread | Go there now

Other hot topics on the forum

FIFA’s poppy fail?

Are the governing body wrong in telling England and Scotland players not to wear poppies on their shirts? OVF viewers tend to think it’s a terrible decision, do you? | Debate it here

Talking heads?

There’s also an interesting debate on Bruno Ribeiro’s recent press silence. Should he be talking to the media more or is it reasonable for the manager to delegate? | Have your say here

News and features

Get them while they’re cheap…

OVF is promoting the cheap ticket prices for the FA Cup game. If you want to go and need to know ticket prices and how to purchase them then… | Click on this link

Vale short of strikers?

The Valiants could be down to their last two available forwards for the cup tie after a number of players are ruled out through injury and ineligibility | Read more

Smith eyes Kelly start

Port Vale first-team coach Andy Smith says that Sam Kelly’s performance against Bolton Wanderers could see him maintain his starting place | Read more


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