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Preview: Port Vale (A)

1 September 2017

Notts County travel to Port Vale this weekend looking to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

The Magpies are seventh in the Sky Bet League Two table after the opening four games, while Vale are 21st following three successive defeats.

With a first away win of the season obtained at Wycombe on their travels last time out, Notts will be looking to keep momentum rolling in their bid to climb into the top three.

Team news

Nolan will be without midfielder Liam Walker, who is on international duty with Gibraltar, and Matt Tootle, who serves a one-game suspension following his red card against Accrington Stanley last weekend.

Vale lost striker Rekeil Pyke to injury in the Checkatrade Trophy match against Oldham Athletic with a hamstring problem.

Rob Lainton and Tyrone Barnett remain sidelined but Brown could hand debuts to Harry Middleton and Tom Anderson after adding the duo to his squad earlier this week.

Dangerman

Tom Pope returned to Vale Park this summer after a two-year spell at Bury in League One.

The striker scored 33 goals in 51 games for the Valiants during the 2012-13 season to fire the club to promotion from League Two.

He is yet to add to his 69 goals from his first spell but has taken himself past the 200-game milestone for the club he supports.

We've met before...

The previous meeting in Staffordshire ended with the Magpies winning 2-0 thanks to goals from midfield men Gary Jones and Liam Noble.

None of the previous 17 meetings between the sides have ended in a draw - a run which stretches back to May 1995.

Don't I know you?

The only ex-Notts man in the Port Vale squad is attacker Cristian MontaƱo, who had two loan spells at Meadow Lane from West Ham United in the 2011-12 campaign, bagging four goals in 16 games for the Magpies.

Notts, meanwhile, have a host of former Vale players in their squad with Michael O'Connor, Richard Duffy, Carl Dickinson and Dan Jones all representing the Valiants during their careers.

Duffy and Jones both helped Vale win promotion from League Two in 2012-13, making 151 and 38 appearances respectively during their time at Vale Park and scoring a goal each.

O'Connor made 76 appearances for the club, scoring 12 times, while Dickinson played 143 times, finding the back of the net on four occasions.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 6/4 favourites for victory on Saturday afternoon, while Vale are 17/10 to keep the three points in Staffordshire. The draw is available at 5/2.

A repeat 2-0 scoreline from Notts' last win at Vale Park is 12/1, with a second consecutive 4-2 win on the road a big price at 66/1.

Could Notts' cohort of ex-Vale players come back to haunt Brown's side? Duffy is 33/1 to open the scoring, Dickinson 22/1 and Dan Jones a whopping 50/1!

You can bet on the game here.

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