Our prediction for this match:
Fleetwood Town and Port Vale go head to head at Poolfoot Farm in an all-English friendly. Fleetwood aim to build on a 2-0 win over Radcliffe, but beating the mid-table League One side is easier said than done. Talented defender Connor Teale is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in the previous warm-up game. It has to be noted that Fleetwood defeated Port Vale in their last meeting in a competitive match (EFL Cup).
The Valiants, on the other hand, head into the match following a thrilling 6-2 win over lower-league side Newcastle Town. Port Vale quickly bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Stafford, and seeing that both sides will be with guards down in the Poolfoot Farm friendly, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. The Cod Army defenders should have midfielder Tom Conlon at bay as the 25-year-old scored a brace in the triumph over Newcastle Town.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
Highlighted Team (Port Vale):
Nicknamed the Valiants, Port Vale are a professional club that compete in the League Two. Port Vale welcome their rivals at Vale Park, and they wear white and black kit when playing in front of home fans. Yellow, on the other hand, is the dominant colour of their away kit.
The Valiants’ home ground, which was built in 1950, can hold up to 49,768 people. Championship side Stoke City are seen as one of the club’s fiercest rivals, but their rivalry is pretty healthy. The two teams first met on December 2, 1882, with the Potters emerging triumphant (1-0).
The Valiants maintain a rivalry with fellow League 2 club Crewe Alexandra as well. Speaking of the club’s titles, it has to be noted that Port Vale have won Football League Trophy on two occasions (1993, 2001). A 9-1 win over Chesterfield from September 24, 1932 is the club’s biggest triumph.