Match preview: Exeter City vs Port Vale: After two trips in the cup, it’s the first League Two away game for the Valiants as they travel to Exeter. This feature contains a comprehensive guide on how to stream the match…
Teams: Exeter City vs Port Vale
Competition: Football League Two
Venue: St James Park
Kick-off: Saturday 19th September, 3pm
How to watch:
First off, let’s deal with watching this behind closed doors game. It will be available to watch on the iFollow service. Here’s how to watch it…
- If you don’t have an existing iFollow account sign up here
- If you have an existing iFollow account sign in here
- When signed in go to this page, select Video packages, select the relevant game and enter the promo code you have been given to sign-up for free (you’ll need to do this for every game)
- On matchday, go to this page and there will be an option at the bottom to watch live video
Q: I am a season ticket holder and I haven’t received a code / I have a problem with my code?
A: Season Ticket holders who experience problems or have not received a code, should contact the Ticket Office on 01782 655821. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do I have to set up the account/buy the pass on the day of the match?
A: No, you can set up your iFollow account and/or buy your match pass in advance if it is easier. All you need to do then is log onto iFollow on the day of the match go to this page and there will be an option at the bottom to watch live video.
Q: Can I watch it down the pub?
A: No, it’s illegal to show iFollow streams in public so they would be breaking the law. The service is for private use only.
Q: Can I watch it on the TV screen?
A: The iFollow service is available via an app or a browser. Probably the simplest way to watch it on the TV screen is to watch the stream on a browser and connect your computer to your TV via a HDMI lead. The video and audio should then show on your screen.
Q: What about the programme?
A: Ahead of the game Port Vale will also be sending all season ticket holders a link to a complimentary digital copy of our new-look matchday programme! If you do not receive your digital copy by 1pm on Saturday, then please contact us on the numbers provided above. Additionally, if you wish to collect a physical copy of the programme ahead of kick off – please contact the club shop.
Q: What commentary will be provided?
A: Usually commentary from both teams (home and away) is provided. In Vale’s case it is usually the BBC Radio Stoke commentary team. When the match starts, click on the cog on the bottom RH corner to select home or away commentary.
Q: Does Port Vale make money from iFollow?
A: Yes and in these days of behind closed door matches, the revenue from iFollow can be vital. Clubs like Vale earn around 80% of the cost of an iFollow ticket regardless of whether the game is played home or away.
Q: What about if I still have an issue?
A: If you are experiencing problems with iFollow should contact EFL iFollow by telephone – 0207 8264577 (three hours before kick-off and running until three hours after matches finish) or by email – iFollow@efl.com (staffed from 8am to 7pm every day).
Need more information? We have a dedicated forum thread with help and advice right here. There’s also a guide on setting up an iFollow account while here is a guide for season ticket holders redeeming a code
A much changed Vale side went down to a creditable 2-1 loss to their League One opponents Fleetwood in midweek. It meant the end of a six game (including friendlies) mini unbeaten run. In terms of League Two, Vale are unbeaten in nine games. Exeter lost in their opening fixture – an EFL Cup tie against West Country rivals Bristol City and picked up a draw against Salford City in their first League game.
Port Vale team news:
The Valiants made ten changes to their side for the midweek cup loss to Fleetwood. Not many of them can expect to play in this clash but midfielder Danny Whitehead (right) may be pushing Scott Burgess for a starting place after his goal on Tuesday. This game may come too soon for Cristian Montano and Manny Oyeleke who were both given a run out in midweek.
Missing out will be injured duo David Amoo and James Gibbons plus suspended striker Tom Pope. Here’s a guesswork starting eleven…
Brown – Mills, Smith, Legge, Fitzpatrick – Joyce, Whitehead, Conlon – Rodney, Cullen, Worrall
Opposition team news:
Exeter have a number of injuries with Jake Caprice definitely out and Nicky Law, Pierce Sweeney and Tom Parkes all doubtful. In terms of summer arrivals, the club have brought in three defenders in Lewis Page (Charlton Athletic), Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers) and former Northern Ireland International Rory McArdle. One name to bring a groan from Vale fans is striker Nicky Ajose who has scored on numerous times against us. Ajose is usually a sub these days, the team’s top-scorer so far this season is homegrown striker Matt Jay.
As a centre-back, Matt Taylor spent four years as a defender at Exeter City. He brought his sixteen year playing career to an end in 2016 and after a spell coaching Bath City he was appointed as successor to Paul Tisdale in 2018. He has been in charge for 108 games with a win ratio of 43%.
There’s a couple of former Exeter City players in the Vale ranks including summer recruit Dino Visser (right) who made two appearances for the Grecians in 2019. Midfielder Manny Oyeleke also had a spell with Exeter spending the 2015-16 season with the club.
We have a tough trip down to Exeter… at the end of the day, we are going to be judged on our league form. Hopefully we can keep that going…
Port Vale manager John Askey
Last time we met:
The two sides last met at Vale Park in January 2020 when it ended in a comprehensive 3-1 win for the Valiants. The scorers that day were Richie Bennett (right) with two and another from Leon Legge. Vale’s last visit to Exeter ended in a 2-0 loss and the Valiants last won on their travels back in 2017 when Tom Pope netted in a 1-0 win.
Finished our preview? Why not listen to the Ale & the Vale Podcast next?
In this episode: a review of the Fleetwood game, the latest news at Vale Park and listen to Jonny and Bez have words about how lower league football is funded! After that it’s a Exeter preview. Keep it the same, or make a change to the starting lineup? Plus predictions!
It’s downloadable from the usual places (Apple, Google, Spotify Podcasts). You can also listen at https://aleandthevale.podbean.com
Image: St James’ Park, Exeter, Devon” by Matthew Wilkinson is licensed under CC BY 2.0