Can the Valiants build on their home win over Plymouth Argyle with a win over another West County side?
Vale will be counting the cost of the home victory over Plymouth. There were injuries to three players and so Vale will need to make do without Tom Conlon, Callum Evans and David Amoo. Forward Rhys Browne made a promising impression on his debut so he could start in place of Amoo. Vale may also opt to bring in impressive loanee Jake Taylor or perhaps even fit again Manny Oyeleke.
Hosts Exeter will be missing striker Nicky Ajose who is out with a knee injury.
The two sides last met in April when Exeter secured a 2-0 home victory. Earlier in the season it had ended 1-1 at Vale Park with Idris Kanu (right) netting a dramatic late equaliser for the Valiants.
Vale have traveled well to Exeter in the past, winning two of their last three three visits. The Grecians are also a favoured opponent of veteran Vale forward Tom Pope who has netted three times against them.
The overall record between the two sides is 21 Port Vale wins, 18 Exeter wins and eleven draws.
If Manny Oyeleke proves his fitness he could line-up against a side where he had an ill-fated spell. Oyeleke spent a year with City but made just eleven appearances before being released.
Other players to appear for both sides in recent seasons include winger Ben Whitfield, striker Donovan Wilson and defender Richard Duffy.
We know we’ve got a tough group of games, but it usually brings the best out of us. We’ve got to take each game as they come and that’ll give us confidence going in to the Exeter game, we can enjoy that, but everything now is geared towards playing Exeter…
Port Vale manager John Askey (right)
Rarely has a new signing made as stunning an impact as Billy Kellock in 1985. Signed by John Rudge, the Scottish midfielder made his debut on New Years Day and scored twice as the Valiants defeated Exeter City 5-1. Kellock was matched by Ally Brown (right) who also netted twice while Robbie Earle was also on the scoresheet in front of a crowd of 3,306.