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Boro Picks: Port Vale V Stevenage | Predictions

News February 23, 2021

The Boro travel to the midlands as they take on Port Vale at Vale Park in League Two tonight.

Alex Revell’s side missed an opportunity for all three points as they drew 1-1 to Walsall despite the latter being reduced to 10 men after 56 minutes.

On the other hand, the hosts were held to a 1-1 draw by Leyton Orient at the weekend.

This will be the 15th meeting between the two sides, the first coming in the FA Cup in 2009 in a game that ended a 1-1 draw.

The Boro have beaten Port Vale more times than they’ve lost, with five wins compared to three defeats.

The reverse fixture earlier this season ended with a 2-1 victory for Stevenage but how will Tuesday’s game play out?

We take a look…

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In Focus

1. Will Stevenage beat Port Vale? No

The Boro actually come into this in better form than the hosts, sitting 13th in the form table whilst the latter are in 19th.

Revell’s side have started picking up more results recently, especially away from home.

Stevenage have managed just three wins on the road all season but all of them have come in their last four away games.

Port Vale’s home record isn’t great but they have won two of their last three on home soil.

2. Will Stevenage score in the first half? No

The Boro have managed just one goal in the first 45 minutes in each of their last five games.

The last time the two sides met though, Aramide Oteh put the Boro 1-0 up after 10 minutes.

At home, Port Vale have conceded fewer goals in the first half of games than they have in the second.

3. Will Stevenage score in the second half? Yes

Four of Stevenage’s last five goals have come in the second period of games which goes with the trend of them scoring more second half goals this season.

Meanwhile, as said in the last pick, Port Vale have conceded twice as many goals in the second half of games than they have in the first when playing at home.

They have conceded 12 goals in 14 second halves at Vale Park, averaging 0.86 goals against per second period at home.

4. How many shots on target will Stevenage have? 4+

Revell’s side have managed more than four shots on target in each of the last two games, having six against Walsall last time out.

They’ve now tested opposition goalkeepers on 104 occasions which means they’re averaging 3.47 shots on target per game.

Scott Brown has played every minute between the sticks for Port Vale this season and has faced 110 shots.

That’s an average of 3.79 shots on target against per game.

5. How many saves will Stevenage goalkeepers make? 2

Jamie Cumming made just the two saves in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Between him and David Stockdale, they have made 85 saves this season, averaging 2.83 saves per game.

Port Vale have had 110 shots on goal this season, which averages at 3.79 shots on target per game.

6. Will Elliott List score? No

It was List who got the Boro back on level terms against Walsall at the weekend which took him up to five league goals this season.

He has found his shooting boots recently as well as four of those five have come in his last nine appearances.

This will be his second appearance against Port Vale but he didn’t manage to score in his previous game against them.

Quickfire

  • How many tackles will Luther Wildin make? 2
  • Will Luke Norris score? No
  • How many tackles will Arthur Read make? 1
  • Will Stevenage keep a clean sheet? No

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