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Match Preview: Port Vale v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

26 August 2022

Port Vale v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Port Vale v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

26 August 2022

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Pompey will put their cup disappointment to one side when they return to League One action at Port Vale on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s side are one of three teams – along with Accrington and leaders Ipswich – yet to taste defeat in the third tier so far this term.

Their opponents have also made a promising start following their promotion at the end of last season.

The Valiants finished fifth in League Two, then beat Swindon on penalties before easing to a 3-0 victory over Mansfield in the Wembley play-off final.

And Darrell Clarke’s men have already collected seven points in the current campaign, which includes wins over Fleetwood on the opening day and Burton last Saturday.

Former Blues striker Ellis Harrison has netted in each of the past two games following his arrival earlier this month.

You have to go back more than two decades to find the last time the sides met – the 1999/2000 Division One campaign to be precise.

Port Vale came out on top with a 2-0 victory in Stoke-on-Trent, which followed a goalless encounter at Fratton Park.

Jayden Reid (hamstring) and Louis Thompson (leg) are both sidelined, while there are doubts over the fitness of Zak Swanson (shin).

Denver Hume and Joe Morrell will hope to feature after returning to full training, while Colby Bishop should be available after recovering from a tight quad.

Marlon Pack is hoping to make his 500th career league appearance, while Sean Raggett is set to be handed his 150th outing for Pompey.

Port Vale are likely to start Harrison up front, but there are still fitness concerns over Jamie Proctor and James Wilson.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Sean Raggett ahead of the game.

Pompey: 18 wins
Port Vale: 9 wins
8 draws

On the road
Pompey: 8 wins
Port Vale: 6 wins
3 draws

More than 1,600 fans have already purchased tickets, which are no longer available to buy through Pompey.

Supporters can buy on the day of the game (but not before) by scanning the below QR code and selecting the Hamil Road Stand.

Those collecting tickets at Vale Park on Saturday should visit the kiosk located outside the away end of the ground.

Away fans are welcome at the Tommy Cheadle’s Bar by the away car park, while food and drinks (including alcohol) will be served from the away kiosks (please note that one is cash only and the other card only).

Port Vale are holding a short memorial service at 2.45pm to remember those fans who have passed away.

Supporters who are driving to the game can click here to book spaces near to the ground.


Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett and Helen Edwards
Fourth Official: Scott Jackson

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Gareth Evans by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch all the action live, with accompanying commentary.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

Pompey are the 27/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 15/8.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

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