Crewe Alexandra welcome local rivals Port Vale to the Alexandra Stadium in the hope of continuing the unbeaten start to the season at home & extending the Vales' long-standing miserable run on the road.
The contest ended 2-2 in April last season thanks to Charlie Kirk's last gasp equaliser that sparked wild celebrations in the home sections of the ground.
Crewe beat the Valiants 1-0 at Vale Park last season too, the visitors' last win against the Alex coming in April 2016.
Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Venue: Alexandra Stadium
Previous Meeting At Host Club: Crewe 2-2 Port Vale (April 2018)
Referee: Darren Drysdale (PL8, 31YC, 1RC)
Crewe: The Alex go into the game full of confidence having gone three games unbeaten in all competition & without having conceeded a goal in League Two at home this season.
Last time out's unspectacular 0-0 draw with Cheltenham proved a solid point on the road to build on a 4-3 Checkatrade Trophy success at Tranmere & 3-0 home crushing of Macclesfield.
Crewe continue to be without Eddie Nolan (calf), Harry Pickering (hamstring) & Paul Green (knee), but otherwise have a fully fit compliment of senior players to pick from.
Port Vale: The Vale haven't won in 16 straight away matches stretching into last season, their worst run since the early norties when they wen 19 away games without tasting success.
At home however, they've been strong this season, winning three of their four games & only conceeding two goals - they'll hope to replicate that strong form at Vale Park on the road sooner rather than later, starting at Gresty Road.
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