After contrasting fortunes in the cup competitions, it’s back to the League for John Askey’s side…
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Teams: Port Vale v Tranmere Rovers
Competition: League Two
Venue: Vale Park Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday 14th November, 3pm
Well, Vale were doing pretty well until that dreadful performance in the FA Cup. As far as League Two goes, Vale have had three straight wins. In contrast, Tranmere have lost two of their last three League games.
Port Vale team news:
We’re expecting multiple changes from the side which played in the Football League Trophy game against Liverpool B. But the question is – will any of those who featured in the midweek win break into the League side. If he’s fit, then probably the favourite would be Harry McKirdy (pictured) who impressed with his vision and cutting edge. McKirdy aside, we’re expecting the likes of Scott Brown, Leon Legge, Luke Joyce and Tom Pope to all return. One interesting question will be who lines up at left-back with both Cristian Montano and Adam Crookes in contention.
Brown – Clark, Legge, Smith, Montano – Joyce, Burgess, Conlon – Worrall, Pope, Amoo
One to watch:
Tom Conlon plays a vital role in a more advanced central role. It’s vital he recaptures his superb form against the likes of Exeter as Vale look to bounce back from the toothless Kings Lynn defeat with more of a cutting edge on Saturday.
Opposition team news:
Paul Lewis was linked with a possible move to Vale in the summer. Supporters will miss a chance to see how he’s doing as he’s set to miss the game with a hamstring injury. Right-back Lee O’Connor will also be missing, as he is on international duty.
One to watch: Veteran James Vaughan may be 32 but he’s still a goal threat with three League goals already this season.
Well, there isn’t really one at the moment after the early season departure of Mike Jackson. In caretaker charge are Ian Dawes and Andy Parkinson.
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I think they will definitely be up there at the end of the season. They have not started great but they had a really good win in the cup last week, we know it is going to be a really tough game..
Port Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown
Should he feature, Vale’s David Amoo (pictured) could face a side where he had a brief spell in 2012. Joining the club from Preston North End, the forward made eleven appearances, scoring once during the 2012-13 season. With appearances limited, he was released at the end of the season. He joined the Valiants in the summer of 2019 and has now made 42 appearances and scored five times for the Valiants.
Played for both:
Other players who featured for both sides are:
- Winger Matty Kennedy who had loan spells with both clubs.
- Striker Jordan Hugill who made his senior debut at Vale and had a loan spell at Tranmere.
- Defender Richie Sutton (pictured) had spells with both clubs.
- One for the older fans: John King followed his eight year spell at Rovers with three years at Vale Park where he won promotion in 1970.
Last time we met:
The last time we met was during the truncated 2019-20 season when it finished 0-0 at Vale Park. The previous season, Vale lost both games against Tranmere. In fact, you have to go back to 2013 for Vale’s last away win over Rovers. In that game, midfielder Chris Lines (pictured) scored an excellent match-winning free-kick.
Overall record: 31 Port Vale wins | 39 Port Vale losses | 24 draws
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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