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Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Port Vale
As ever, I'll go for a Town win but this week I think I have justification given Vales last few games and our win last weekend. I was worried last week that we may struggle without Sully Kaikai in the second half but I thought we did well without him so if we play that way again we will get all three points
Sullay Kaikai will miss out because of a knee injury sustained against Bury. Anthony Gerrard and Zak Whitbread are available, Mark Ellis has gone out on loan and Ian Black may not make it because of a hamstring strain.
Darren Handley from Lancashire. Games this season: 11. Yellow Cards: 41. Red Cards: 2.
Port Vale have scored 69% of their goals at home this season but have also conceded 44% at home.
The most common result at Vale Park this season has been 1-1, a scoreline that has been repeated twice.
Port Vale have won three of their four wins by a margin of one goal and have an average of 1.71 goals per game at Vale Park.
Port Vale striker Uche Ikpeazu with five goals in League One. Ikpeazu started his playing career with Crewe on loan from Watford in early 2014 and has since played on loan for Doncaster, Port Vale and another spell with Crewe. He has scored twelve times in 58 career appearances, is six feet three and will be wearing the number nine shirt.
Goalkeeper Chris Neal has been with Port Vale since the summer of 2012 after three seasons with us that saw him help us reach League One under Graham Turner. Deemed surplus to our requirements at the time he left, Chris has probably proved that decision wrong having won promotion with Vale and had a couple of good seasons in League One.
We meet again...
We've played Port Vale a total of 48 times in League and cup competitions, winning 19 to Vale's 14 with 15 games ending in draws. I was surprised to see that we have taken points at Vale park in three of our last five games there with two draws and a 3-2 to win in September 2011.
Head to Head
In recent weeks, Vale have found points difficult to find with four defeats and one draw in their last five games.
The main difference between Vale and Shrewsbury in League One is the amount of draws that they have recorded, three more than we have, enough to make up the points difference from having won one less game than we have.
Vale have exactly the same amount of games as we do, they also have exactly the same goal difference, so you would expect them to have a similar record to ours.
The weekend has arrived pretty much on time so it's time for a match preview about this weeks opponents Port Vale.