Match preview: Fleetwood Town vs Port Vale (EFL Cup)

It’s the second round of the EFL Cup next in Port Vale’s hectic start to the new season. The Valiants will be looking to repeat their summer friendly win when they visit the Highbury Stadium…

Fleetwood Town's Highbury StadiumMatch details:

Teams: Fleetwood Town vs Port Vale

Competition: EFL Cup round two

Venue: Highbury Stadium

Kick-off: Tuesday 15th September, 7pm

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…

    1. If you don’t have an existing iFollow account sign up here
    2. If you have an existing iFollow account sign in here
    3. When signed in go to this page, select Video packages, select the relevant game and pay
    4. On matchday, go to this page and there will be an option at the bottom to watch live video


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 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.

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

Form guide:

The Valiants are now unbeaten since that friendly defeat against Blackpool. The run encompasses three friendlies (Fleetwood, Rochdale and Forest), the EFL Cup (Scunthorpe), the EFL Trophy (Tranmere) and the League (Crawley). Home side Fleetwood are also in fine form and look to have plenty of goals in them. In their three competitive matches, Town have found the target eight times.

Mark CullenPort Vale team news:

It’s likely that Vale will line up with the same side that defeated Crawley Town 2-0. However, the Valiants may be cagey about risking striker Mark Cullen’s (right) fitness with two games in four days. If he is rested. Theo Robinson can be expected to deputise. Players who will be missing out are the suspended Tom Pope and injured James Gibbons. Here’s a guesswork starting eleven…

Guesswork XI:

Brown – Mills, Smith, Legge, Fitzpatrick – Joyce, Burgess, Conlon – Rodney, Cullen, Worrall

Port Vale forward Devante RodneyOne to watch: Devante Rodney impressed on Saturday afternoon, can he cap his form with a first goal for the club?

Opposition team news:

Fleetwood may have to decide who lines up in goal for this game. They started the season with Joel Coleman but his injury saw Alex Cairns come in at the back. New signing Sam Stubbs started at the weekend and could feature again. Prolific pair Ched Evans and Paddy Madden could start upfront.

Dangerman: Paddy Madden has been top-scorer for the past two seasons and marked his return to the side with a goal at the weekend.

Fleetwood manager Joey BartonOpposition manager:

If you could pick a word to describe Fleetwood boss Joey Barton (pictured right at a 2019 friendly game at Vale Park) it would probably be “marmite.” It appears that people either love him or hate him. Since retiring as a player Barton has been in charge at Town for two years, managing the club for 103 games with a win ratio of 39.8%


There are currently no players on either side to have played for both sides. However, probably the best remembered player to appear for both clubs was goalkeeper Chris Neal (right).

The reliable stopper is remembered fondly at Vale Park for his role in the 2013 promotion season. He was totalled 143 appearances during a four year spell with the Valiants. After leaving the club in 2016, he spent two years at Fleetwood before moving on to Salford City.

Paul EdwardsRecent players to have played for both clubs: Veteran Ryan Taylor, defender Joe Davis, left winger Paul Edwards (right) and midfielder Scott Brown.

Pre-match quote:

We look at the players available to us and it is really healthy. We are going to need that. It is a long season, there are going to be ups and downs along the way and this is just the start. We have to make sure we can try to build on this and push on…

Port Vale coach Dave Kevan

Last time we met:

The two sides last met in a friendly at the start of this season. In terms of competitive matches the last meeting at Fleetwood was back in April 2017 when it finished in a goalless draw.

The last game at Vale Park was in November 2016 when it finished 2-1 to Vale thanks to goals from Alex Jones and Rigino Cicilia (right).

Overall record: 3 Vale wins, 3 Fleetwood wins, 2 draws