Our prediction for this League 2 match:
The Lamex Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Stevenage and Port Vale. Stevenage aim to put an end to their nine-game winless run in the League Two, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field in their third game of the year. The Boro have yet to find the net in 2020, but given the importance of the match for the hosts, home win should be considered.
Port Vale head into the match following a 4-1 loss at Manchester City in the FA Cup round 3. The Valiants are not regarded as good travellers, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The relegation-threatened hosts want this win more than the visitors; therefore, we predict that John Askey’s men are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Hertfordshire.
Highlighted Player (Ben Nugent):
Born in Welwyn Garden City, England on November 29, 1992, Ben Nugent is a professional footballer who plays for Stevenage as a defender. Nugent spent his youth career at Cardiff City, and he continued playing for the Bluebirds at senior level, making 12 league appearances for the club.
After spending a couple of season on loan at Brentford, Peterborough United, and Yeovil Town, the 196-cm tall defender signed a permanent deal with Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2015. Ben Nugent then moved to Gillingham where he made 23 appearances in the league in the 2017/2018 season.
Nowadays, he plays for Stevenage in the League Two. Nugent made his debut with the Boro in a 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers on August 4, 2018. His main position is centre-back, and his preferred foot is right. Speaking of individual awards, Ben Nugent won Cardiff City Young Player of the Year award for the 2012/2013 season.
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.