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Match Preview: Port Vale (H)

19 January 2018

Accrington Stanley vs Port Vale | Wham Stadium | 3.00pm | Sky Bet League Two |

Accrington Stanley host Port Vale at the Wham Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Stanley head into the match on the back of three straight wins and also after keeping three clean sheets in the league.

The Reds now occupy third spot, and the final automatic promotion place, following a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Cheltenham Town last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Port Vale head North to the Wham Stadium, currently sitting in 18th place in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Head-to-Head:

Stanley wins - 5

Games drawn - 2

Port Vale wins - 5

Last Time Out:

Stanely headed to Vale Park at the end of September, and a brace from striker Billy Kee made sure that the Reds left with all three points, despite falling behind to an early David Worrall strike.

The win for John Coleman's side strengthened their grip on third, with Port Vale left one place above the relegation zone in 22nd.

Team News:

Coleman confirmed during his pre-match press conference, midfielder Seamus Conneely has began rehab following a groin operation. Stanley's skipper should be available in the next couple of weeks.

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin could hand a debut to new signing Luke Hannant after his switch from Gateshead on Thursday. Kjell Knops and Adam Yates are the only two players on Vale's injury list.

One to Watch - Tom Pope

The 31-year-old is Port Vale's top goalscorer this season. Pope has netted twelve times so far in the league. The centre-forward signed for the Valiants last summer, for his second permanent spell with his boyhood club.

Pope scored in Port Vale's last league game as they drew 1-1 with Yeovil Town last Saturday.

Man in the Middle - Ross Joyce

Joyce, has been a referee in the Football League since 2015/16.

He's been in charge of 28 games in all competitions so far this season.

The referee has shown 113 yellow cards and one red card across those games. He's also been involved in two Stanley games so far this season, with the Reds winning both matches against Colchester and Wycombe respectively.

Can't make the match?You can follow along on social media using @ASFCofficial on Twitter, or via the club's official Facebook and Instagram pages.

Words by Joe O'Neill


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