It’s 16th meets 17th in League One on Boxing Day as Walsall travel a short distance to take on Port Vale at Vale Park.
Port Vale come into this fixture level on points with their rivals, but sit one place behind them on goal difference. They’ve really struggled of late, having failed to win for the last five games, and only having won once in their last ten. Form like that often spells trouble, and they can consider themselves lucky not to have been dragged into the relegation zone yet. Their last game ended in a a 4-0 hammering by play-off hunting AFC Wimbledon.
Walsall are also struggling of late, and have only won twice in their last ten fixtures. In fact, they have only won six games all season, and only Shrewsbury, Coventry and Oldham have won fewer, all of who are in the relegation zone. They will have been happy with a draw in their last game against Bradford City, but manager Jon Whitney will know that he needs to get wins on the board again before too long.
Port Vale vs Walsall Betting TipsDespite being a derby fixture, the way these two have been playing, don't expect it to be a classic. It could be scrappy with not many goals, and that's something to consider when placing your bets.
Match Result - Draw - 2/1 - Bet365
As we've already mentioned, neither of these sides are in great form, and both need the points. They could end up cancelling each other out, which is why we're looking at a draw here. Bet365 has the draw at 2/1.
Match Result - Draw - 2/1 - Bet365Bet Now
Under 2.5 Goals - 19/20 - Marathonbet
Other than the last encounter, matches between these two rarely produce more than two goals, and so that's why we're looking at an under 2.5 goals here. It's 19/20 with Marathonbet.
Under 2.5 Goals - 19/20 - MarathonbetBet Now
Port Vale vs Walsall Head To HeadThe last time these two met Walsall came away with all three points in a comprehensive 5-0 victory over their rivals, and so Port Vale will be keen to set the record straight.
|8/5/2016||Port Vale v Walsall||0-5||League One|
|20/12/2015||Walsall v Port Vale||2-0||League One|
|14/2/2015||Walsall v Port Vale||0-1||League One|
|9/8/2014||Port Vale v Walsall||1-1||League One|
|5/4/2014||Port Vale v Walsall||1-0||League One|
Port Vale vs Walsall Team NewsSam Foley is out for Port Vale, but could be back in the New Year.
Walsall have midfielder Reece Flanagan still sat on the treatment table, but have no new injury or suspension concerns.