Salford have won their last two matches in all competitions after they followed a 1-0 win against Bradford City in the EFL Trophy with a 3-0 victory over Gillingham in their most recent outing, before Saturday’s meeting with Walsall was postponed.
The Ammies played out a goalless first half against Gillingham before Theo Vassell opened the scoring in the 54th minute, and further goals from Ryan Watson and Callum Hendry helped Salford end a four-game winless run in League Two.
They are currently two points adrift of the top seven, but they will put their playoff push on hold to focus on Tuesday’s EFL Trophy game. Salford began the competition with a win over Liverpool Under 21s, and they picked up bonus points with penalty-shootout victories over Accrington Stanley and Rochdale, ensuring that Neil Wood’s side topped their group.
We say: Salford City 1-2 Port Vale
Port Vale won their most recent away meeting with Salford, and we think the League One side will have enough quality to beat their fourth-tier opponents on Tuesday.
Salford City vs Port Vale’s head to head record shows that of the 7 meetings they’ve had, Salford City has won 3 times and Port Vale has won 2 times. 2 fixtures between Salford City and Port Vale has ended in a draw.
This match will start from 1:00 am
This match will take place on 21 December, 2022
Salford will be without the services of Stevie Mallan and Liam Shephard, who are both long-term injury absentees. With a place in the quarter-finals at stake, Wood could be tempted to name an unchanged lineup for Tuesday’s contest.
Jason Lowe was an unused substitute for the win over Gillingham after returning from a spell on the sidelines, and he could be given minutes off the bench against Port Vale. As for the visitors, they are likely to still be without the services of Funso Ojo, although Ellis Harrison made his return from injury on Saturday to play nearly 70 minutes against Bristol Rovers.
After keeping consecutive clean sheets, Dan Jones is set to retain his place in a back three alongside Nathan Smith and Connor Hall.
King; Bolton, Vassell, Nartey, Touray; Watson, Watt; Tolaj, Hendry, Bailey, Smith
Stevens; Smith, Jones, Hall; Worrall, Garrity, Conlon, Benning; Butterworth, Massey, Harrison
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Port Vale win with a probability of 43.5%. A win for Salford City has a probability of 30.96% and a draw has a probability of 25.5%.
The most likely scoreline for a Port Vale win is 0-1 with a probability of 9.98%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 1-2 (9.01%) and 0-2 (7.42%). The likeliest Salford City win is 1-0 (8.15%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (12.11%).
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A spectacular run of form has seen Salford move to within touching distance of the play-offs, and a fifth win in a row in this fixture would move them into seventh place.
Like Salford, Port Vale are in spectacular form, unbeaten in six and losing just one of their last 16 since mid-January to move into third place in League Two.
Salford will win