The72’s writers offer their Port Vale vs Derby County prediction ahead of the League One clash on Tuesday night.
Port Vale’s struggles continued at the weekend with a defeat to Shrewsbury Town. The Valiants are now 19th in the League One table with no wins to their name in the last 10 third-tier games.
Sections of the support are starting to ask questions of manager Andy Crosby as they look to avoid a fourth consecutive home defeat on Tuesday night.
As for Derby County, a run of four wins in the last five league games has lifted them to 6th. They salvaged a win late on against Bristol Rovers last time out just when it looked like former star Chris Martin had secured a point for the visitors.
The Rams are without a win in three League One away games though, so they’ll have their eyes on a victory here.
Here, a handful of our writers make their predictions for the game…
“Port Vale are in a tough spot. They’re on a bad run of form but I’m not sure their struggles are down to Crosby completely, as he’s not got the greatest squad at his disposal. Against a side like Derby, they could be in for a tough one.
“The Rams are in good form at the moment but have shown weaknesses away from home. I wouldn’t be all that surprised if Vale run them close, even with the home side’s struggles in mind.
“I will be going for an away win though.”
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“Port Vale will need to perform better than they have in weeks if they are to end their 10 game run without a win in League One.
“Derby look to have finally got their act together in League One, and Paul Warne’s side will be confident of winning a fourth successive League One game. I reckon they’ll get that here too, even with their poor away form in mind.
“Port Vale could put up a bit of a fight at home, but the Rams will get the three points in the end.”