There’s still one cup competition left for Port Vale as they continue in the Football League Trophy…
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Teams: Port Vale v Liverpool B
Competition: Football League Trophy group stage
Venue: Vale Park Stadium
Kick-off: Tuesday 10th November, 7pm
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Well, Vale were doing pretty well until that dreadful performance in the FA Cup. As far as the Football League Trophy goes, the Valiants are unbeaten and top of the group with a good chance of going through to the knockout stages. Opponents Liverpool B are bottom of the group table with no points and having conceded nine goals in two games.
Port Vale team news:
We’re expecting wholesale changes for this game. Dino Visser (pictured) is expected to play in goal while the likes of Zak Mills, Shaun Brisley, Harry McKirdy, Mark Cullen and Alex Hurst could all potentially start.
Our guesswork XI is exactly that…
Visser – Mills, Brisley, Crookes, Montano – Joyce, Burgess, Oyeleke – Hurst, Cullen, McKirdy
Harry McKirdy has had a quiet start to his Vale career so far. This game should give him a start and a chance to show what he offers. With an impressive goal record at Carlisle United can McKirdy help solve the Vale goals issue?
Opposition team news:
Midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner is injured and is set to miss this game but midfielder Leighton Clarkson has returned from suspension.
One to watch: Captain Liam Miller is a Canadian International who has played for the first-team in the FA Cup.
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Barry Lewtas took over as Liverpool’s B-team manager in May 2020,after Neil Critchley’s departure to Blackpool. He joined Liverpool in 2013 after working previously at Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers.
Although we can’t qualify we certainly want to try and make sure we win one of these games, so we’ll be going to Vale Park up against a good Port Vale team. I know they lost in the FA Cup at the weekend so no doubt they will be a little bit sore and want to bounce back after that result…
Liverpool B manager Barry Lewtas
Should he feature, Vale’s David Amoo (pictured) could face the team where he started his career. Amoo made just one appearance for Liverpool before moving to Preston North End. Dan Trickett-Smith also had a spell with Liverpool but he will not feature as he is on loan at Leek Town.
It’s the next age group down, but well respected former Port Vale midfielder Marc Bridge-Wilkinson is now manager of the Liverpool U18 team. Bridge-Wilkinson was signed on a free from Derby County and made 140 appearances, scoring 36 goals. He later moved on to Stockport County, Bradford City, Carlisle United and Stockport County.
Other players we could find who featured for both sides are:
- Defender Sam Hart (pictured) who had a spell on loan with Vale in 2016
- Forward Ian Armstrong who made a hundred appearances for the Valiants
- Former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland had a spell as Vale goalkeeping coach
Last time we met:
The two sides have never met before but Vale have played the Liverpool senior side on numerous occasions. One of the more memorable times was their trip to Anfield in the League Cup in 1991. You can watch the entire game again through this link
How to watch:
Finally, 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…
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