Port Vale v Cambridge preview
Last Updated: 03/08/18 4:36pm
Port Vale boss Neil Aspin says he knows his starting XI for their League Two opener with Cambridge.
Aspin has brought in five players over the course of the close season with Shaun Miller, Tom Conlon, Scott Quigley, Idris Kanu and Theo Vassell all joining Vale. And all five will be in contention to make their debut against the U’s on Saturday.
The game gives Vale a chance for quick revenge over Cambridge, who stuffed Aspin’s men 5-0 on the final day of last campaign.
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Cambridge boss Joe Dunne has made less signings than any other League Two team this summer. Dunne has added just three players – Reggie Lambe, George Taft and Louis John – and the trio are in contention to make their bows.
Striker Jabo Ibhere will be monitored after he suffered a tight hamstring in last week’s final friendly against Bishop’s Stortford. David Amoo and Brad Halliday should be in the squad after recent knocks.
Port Vale have won four of their last five meetings with Cambridge, with their only loss coming at the end of the 2017-18 season (5-0 in May 2018).
Cambridge have never won an away game against Port Vale in the top four tiers, and have only managed to get a draw on two of the eight occasions (1-1 in March 1978 and 2-2 in August 1993), losing the other six.
Despite being unbeaten in their last 13 games on the opening day in the Football League (W6 D7), Port Vale have only won one of their previous five such fixtures (D4), beating Crawley 3-1 in 2017.
Port Vale's 13-game unbeaten streak on the opening day is the longest ongoing run of all sides in the top four tiers of English football.
When playing away from home on the first day of the season in the Football League, Cambridge have not won in their last four (D1 L3).
At home on the opening weekend in the EFL, Port Vale are on an eight-match unbeaten streak (W3 D5), which started with a 2-1 over Bournemouth in 2003.