It’s a move away from the League season as Port Vale play their first game in the Football League Trophy on Tuesday evening.
The Valiants will be taking on League One side Shrewsbury Town, where manager John Askey was last employed before opting for a move to Burslem.
Football Trophy games can be notoriously tricky to predict as teams often take the chance to make multiple changes in personnel as fringe players are often given a run out. Following the narrow 1-0 League victory over Cambridge United on Saturday, John Askey may be tempted to tinker with his starting eleven, especially with three new players – Brisley, Taylor and Archer – all joining last week. This is also an opportunity for deputies, such as goalkeeper Jonny Maddison or right-back Callum Evans to gain valuable match time.
Unsurprisingly, veteran Port Vale forward Tom Pope is favoured to open the scoring and with the striker used sparingly in the League and looking to impress, odds of 17/10 on a Pope goal at some time during the match look more than decent to us. Similarly, in-form David Amoo is a healthy 6-1 to open the scoring in the game. If you want to check out the latest betting deals you’d be well advised to visit websites like Freebets UK to compare all of the latest No Deposit offers which are available for this fixture. However, if you’re uncertain about making bets or claiming some offers, it’s better to read our Gamble Aware guide before making any decision. The Valiants did pretty well in the competition last season, including that memorable albeit controversial victory over rivals Stoke City and are well-placed for a win with some bookies offering decent 29/20 odds on a home win to kick off their cup campaign. A 2-1 Port Vale victory looks like a decent return at 15/2.
An opening win for the Valiants would be a good start for a Trophy group, which looks to have given them a decent chance to progress to the knock-out stages. Vale will also face another former Askey side in League Two rivals Macclesfield Town, while Newcastle United’s Academy team are also beatable. Unlike Sunderland (10-1) or Portsmouth (12-1), Port Vale’s odds are as high as 100-1 to lift the Trophy which are not bad odds when you consider what a lottery the competition can be. If Vale take it seriously, a punt on them being overall winners may be a decent gamble.
An opening win over the Shrews will enable the Valiants to gain confidence and perhaps match last season’s efforts in this competition. With a decent pot of prize money up for grabs and each game guaranteed to end as a win or loss, there’s plenty for Vale to consider and be positive about ahead of Tuesday night’s Football League Trophy game.
Reminder: this midweek game will also be available for UK and Worldwide Vale fans to watch via the iFollow Port Vale service online.