Cambridge v Port Vale preview
Last Updated: 04/05/18 11:57am
Cambridge boss Joe Dunne could choose to make changes for their final League Two game of the season and his first as permanent manager.
Dunne has been in caretaker charge since February and has been rewarded for a string of fine performances, but last weekend's loss to Newport was not one of them. Barry Corr came off the bench at half-time having been rested for last week's trip to Morecambe, and he could start against Port Vale.
Billy Waters and Paul Lewis both returned to the starting line-up against County, with David Amoo and Harrison Dunk dropping to the bench, while youngsters Tom Knowles and Matt Foy could also be given a run-out.
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Vale will be without Anthony Kay, who begins a three-match ban following his sending off against Carlisle last weekend. Defender Kyle Howkins could miss out after being forced off during the first half of that match with a knee problem, with Callum Howe poised to deputise.
Manager Neil Aspin experimented with 4-4-2 against Carlisle but was disappointed with the performance and 2-1 defeat, so is likely to revert to five in midfield. Dior Angus scored his first goal on his first senior start and will hope to keep his place.
Although they haven't hosted Port Vale in the Football League since February 2002, the U's have won three of their last four against them in the top four tiers on home soil, losing the most recent meeting 1-0.
The Valiants are currently enjoying a four-match winning run against Cambridge United in the EFL, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three.
Cambridge have lost just two of their last 11 League Two matches on home soil (W6 D3), however those two defeats have come in their last four matches at home.
Port Vale have failed to win any of their previous 11 league matches away from home (D6 L5), whilst a victory against Cambridge would see them finish the season on 50 points, just one point more than they managed last season in League One when they were relegated.
Tom Pope has been directly involved in 12 of Port Vale's 23 league goals away from home this season (nine goals, three assists).