For our Port Vale vs Hartlepool prediction, we’re opting for a 3-1 home victory for the Valiants.
Port Vale will look to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Walsall when they host Hartlepool to Vale Park this weekend. The Valiants have failed to win the previous three league fixtures, but it seems that they will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways in the League Two. The bad news for the hosts, though, is that important midfielder Tom Conlon misses the match through suspension.
The Pools, on the other hand, are on a four-game losing run ahead of the trip to Stoke on Trent. Hartlepool have conceded 13 goals in total in their previous four league fixtures, and we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing something from Saturday’s clash. In their last meeting in a competitive match Port Vale outclassed Hartlepool 4-0, and history is likely to repeat itself.
Port Vale have not won at home in two consecutive matches after destroying all previous opponents earlier in the season. Hartlepool are also among the stronger hosts in League Two but their away performance has been one of the worst in the league – they have won just one of their nine away games this season.
We expect Port Vale to get the three points here against one of the weakest away teams. Port Vale's earlier home games often had them score two or more goals against anyone. We expect them to show this form again in this game on Saturday.
Between the slow start of the season and the recent two weeks, Port Vale had an incredible run at home, which saw them win seven consecutive home games in all tournaments (that includes the league and the two English cups). In those seven games, Port Vale had scored 21 goals and most were against teams from League Two and League One.
Checking on their last six head to head clashes stretching back to 2005 tells us that Port Vale have won one of these six games, with Hartlepool United winning four, with the number of drawn matches standing at one. An aggregate of 21 goals were produced between them in these games, with 10 of them for The Valiants and 11 belonging to The Pool. The average goals per game has been 3.5.
For our Port Vale vs Hartlepool prediction, we’re opting for both teams to score.