Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale go head to head at the Croud Meadow in what is expected to be a close League One encounter. The Shrews were hammered by Blackpool (0-4) at the weekend, but their fine home record is certainly fuelling fans with optimism ahead of the visit of Port Vale. Tom Bayliss limped off with injury in the last league match, with Ryan Bowman likely to step up. Meanwhile, the Valiants played out a 1-1 draw with Lincoln in their last league fixture.
Port Vale failed to win the previous five away games in the League One, but they are surely capable of holding Shrewsbury Town to a draw. Midfielder Ollie Arblaster serves a one-game ban, but there are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team ahead of the trip to Shropshire. You should bear in mind that over 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last seven meetings in all competitions.
Highlighted Team (Shrewsbury):
Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Shrewsbury Town are a professional club that play home games at New Meadow stadium, the venue which was opened in 2007 and has the capacity of 10,361. Shrewsbury Town were founded back in 1886, with some reports indicating the club was established at the Lion Hotel.
The Blues wear blue shirts with yellow stripe and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is purple. Mickey Brown holds the club record for most appearances as he played 190 games for the club, scoring 9 goals in the league. Both Wolverhampton and Walsall are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but there have always been fireworks in matches between Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United as well.
The two teams face each other in the “A49 derby” and it has to be noted that the Blues have built rivalries with Chester City and Wrexham as well.