It’s Port Vale’s opening league cup game of the season and here’s our brief guide to the action…
- League Cup, round one
- Wednesday 9th August, 7:45pm
- Elland Road, Leeds
What’s the ground like?
Elland Road has been Leeds’ home ground since the club’s formation in 1919. The thirteenth largest ground in the country it holds 37,890 supporters. Away fans are housed in the upper tier of the John Charles stand.
What will the Vale look like?
Vale will hope to keep the same side that beat Crawley Town but will be sweating on the fitness of Cristian Montano and Michael Tonge who were both subbed relatively early on. Striker Dan Turner will be pushing for a place after his goal against Crawley but Michael Brown is likely to stick with one upfront for the away game.
What about the opposition?
Leeds are expected to make as many as ten changes from the side that started the league season. Among the players to feature could be former England stopper Rob Green.
The former Spanish International striker started his career in the UAE before a successful spell in Cyprus. He began his reign with a thrilling 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers.
Stats and facts
- Port Vale wins: 3
- Port Vale losses: 15
- Draws: 5
Last time we…
beat Leeds at Elland Road was back in 1932 when Stuart Littlewood and Tom Tippett scored in a 2-0 win.
Played for both…
The obvious connection between the two sides is Vale boss Michael Brown who played 78 times for Leeds United between 2011 and 2014.
City turn into United
Leeds United were formed in succession to Leeds City who were forcibly disbanded in 1919 after being found guilty of illegal payments. Ironically, the dismissal of Leeds City from the League was to Vale’s advantage as they were brought in to replace them.
A brief history
Founded in 1919, Leeds United have three championships and one FA Cup final win. They also finished runners-up in the European Cup in 1975.
“It’s a fantastic game for myself personally and for the football club to go and test ourselves…”
“It’s nice for the fans to go there too, it’s a nice stadium and a nice pitch so I hope that it will be a good night…”
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