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Preview: Alex Ready For Vale Derby Clash

5 April 2019

Crewe Alexandra head down the A500 to Port Vale looking to right the wrongs of the reverse fixture at The Alexandra Stadium in September.

The Valiants won 1-0 on that day, but Crewe will be quietly confident of getting a result at Vale Park, winning three of the last four league matches against the Vale on their own turf.

Chris Dagnall scored the only goal of the game in last season's 1-0 victory back in August 2017, with Crewe hoping to move back into the top half of Sky Bet League Two with a win.

Currently sitting in 20th on 44 points, Port Vale are nine points & six places worse off in the table, but they have won three of their last five games including 2-1 at Northampton Town last time out with ten men.

The Alex's two match winning run came to an abrupt end with defeat to Cheltenham last weekend meaning the match is finely poised with any outcome possible on derby day. 


Date: Saturday 6 April 2019

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Venue: Vale Park

Previous Meeting at Host Club: Port Vale 0-1 Crewe (Aug 2017)

Referee: Andy Davies (P31, Y106, R6)

Crewe: The Alex are still missing Dave Richards & Harry Pickering through injury & George Ray is suspended following his red card against the Robins.

Dave Artell could be set to shake-up his side following the defeat, with a number of fringe players said to have impressed in the midweek friendly win over Wigan Athletic.


Port Vale: September's match-winner Leon Legge is suspended for the Valiants after he was sent off at Northampton last weekened. Kyle Howkins is expected to partner Nathan Smith in central defence in his absence.

Tom Pope is back fit again after recovering from a knee injury, but Manager John Askey may keep faith with Ricky Miller after the recent run of good results. 


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