Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Cheltenham and Plymouth, Lincoln will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Port Vale on Matchday 42. The Imps obviously want to finish the season in style, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash. Barring any fresh injury worries, Mark Kennedy is unlikely to make changes to the team that Lincoln defeated the Pilgrims on Monday.
The Valiants, on the other hand, failed to win the previous six league matches, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on Lincoln. Romanian forward Dennis Politic is banned for the match, meaning that Ellis Harrison will continue to lead the line for the visiting team. In the first half of the season Port Vale defeated Lincoln 1-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Teddy Bishop):
Having joined Ipswich as an eight-year-old, Teddy Bishop rose through the ranks at Portman Road to become one of the key players for the Tractor Boys. Bishop’s road to prominence hit a serious roadblock in his first year of the academy scholarship when he endured a serious back injury, but it was in 2014 that he went from strength to strength – proving his worth at the club and emerging as one of the most promising players in the squad.
The total of 36 appearances in his debut season with the first team were more than enough to make an impression on the fans and the club hierarchy which offered him a new long-term deal.
This deep-lying midfielder in characterized by impressive passing accuracy, vision and great reading of the play. Bishop is an asset defensively as well, but he is most comfortable sitting just above the back line, spraying balls around. As a two-footed midfielder, Teddy Bishop is regularly being watched by a number of Premier League biggest clubs.
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.