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Stevenage vs Port Vale preview

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Who will win, as Stevenage host Port Vale in League Two?

 

Stevenage vs Port Vale preview

Stevenage will host Port Vale on Saturday at 3pm at the Lamex Stadium.

Three games into the League Two season, and Stevenage have gotten off to a dream start, they sit in fifth position, winning two games. Their only slip up came against promotion pushing, Bradford, where they were clearly second best, but this weekend gives Alex Revell a chance to put their midweek blues behind them.

They face a Port Vale side that have failed to score a goal and find themselves 13 places behind their opponents. Despite not yet getting on the score sheet they have managed to pick up two points, against the likes of Tranmere and Carlisle. This early-season clash gives both teams a chance to really put down a mark of intent, with Stevenage looking to finish in the play-off position, come the end of the season.

 

Team News

The game against the Bantams went from bad to worse for Revell as he saw his captain, Scott Cuthbert, leave the 4-1 defeat with an injury and will have a late fitness test to decide if he will be able to feature this weekend.

Arthur Read has also been out since pre-season and has returned to training with the hope to make his first appearance for Stevenage, since turning his loan move from Brentford permanent. Bradley Barry is also unavailable due to a long-term injury.

Darrell Clarke has been without Tom Conlon for the past three games due to a knock and the 43-year-old will be hoping to see him make an appearance whether that be in the starting eleven or from the bench against Stevenage.

 

Head to Head

Port Vale haven’t had much success in east Hertfordshire, only winning two of their games at the Lamex since 2009, with their last win against the Boro being their second ever away win in this fixture, in 2019.

Stevenage have won five times against the Vale and will be looking to make it half a dozen come Saturday evening, but over the last 15 meetings between the pair, both sides have struggled to dominate this fixture, sharing the points on six occasions.

 

Players to Watch

Tom Pett- Pett returns to the place where he started his professional career and a place where he endured large parts of success, most notably helping the Boro reach the League Two play-offs, but now he will walking into the away dressing room.

Pett is a midfielder who provides a goal-scoring threat, as Stevenage fans will be aware of, and will be key in helping supply Vale’s attackers and if they are to score the 29-year-old is likely to be involved.

Elliot List- List picked up his second goal of the campaign during midweek, with his first coming against Championship opposition Luton in the EFL Cup, and will be looking to add to his tally. He will be determined to better his tally of nine goals last season and reach double digits for the first time in his career and will sense a great opportunity against a defence that could allow him to exploit his pace.

 

Prediction

It is going to be a difficult game for both sides, with Stevenage forced to break down a stern defence that has only conceded one goal. With Port Vale trying to score their first goal of the season, in a stadium they have rarely found success in, making it a difficult challenge and one that might be too much for Port Vale.

Stevenage 1-0 Port Vale

 

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Nathan is currently doing a sports journalism bachelor’s degree at Staffordshire University and is an aspiring sports writer. He is a sports fan but is mainly interested in football, tennis and rugby, supporting Chelsea.

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