Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Coventry City

Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Coventry City

Here’s our brief guide to Port Vale’s next fixture – a Boxing Day fixture against Coventry City…


Match details

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Vale form guide

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Vale’s top scorers

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Predict the score

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neil-aspin-managerMatch background

Vale have done well to take four points from the away games against Carlisle United and Colchester United and will be hoping to make it four games unbeaten with a Boxing Day win.

Coventry are expected to bring a healthy away following so it’s expected to be exciting festive fare at Vale Park.

tyrone-barnett-altWhat will the Vale look like?

Tyrone Barnett (right) is pushing for a start after impressing as a sub against both Carlisle and Colchester.

However, James Gibbons remains out as he continues to serve a suspension. Tom Anderson could return at the expense of Joe Davis if the Burnley loanee recovers from a sickness bug.

gavin-gunningPre-match quote

“It’ll be a tough test but I believe that we can get the three points. We have Luton after that, but for now, all the focus is on Coventry. It’s at home on our big pitch where not many people enjoy playing on it. We have the fans behind us and we’re going for the three points…”

Defender Gavin Gunning

Boss watch

Mark Robins

The 48 year-old former Man Utd and Norwich forward has now managed over 400 games in spells at Rotherham, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Scunthorpe. This is his second spell in charge at Coventry.

History lesson

Overall record

  • Port Vale wins: 11
  • Port Vale losses: 12
  • Draws: 10

chris-birchallLast time…

The last time we played Coventry at home was in 2016 when the Valiants lose 2-0. The last time Vale won at home against Coventry was back in 2013. Chris Birchall (right) scored the winner against his former club in the 83rd minute as Vale won a 3-2 thriller in front of a crowd of 9,218.

jack-grimmerPlayed for both…

The Valiants could face former loanee Jack Grimmer (right) who signed for Coventry in the summer.