Swindon v Port Vale Prediction, Tips & Offers

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Grant McQuillan

Swindon v Port Vale Prediction

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Swindon v Port Vale Prediction

The first leg of the play-off semi-finals in League Two take place this weekend as Swindon get the first tie underway at the County Ground with them coming into the side as the sixth-placed team just behind Port Vale's fifth-place finish.

The chaotic end to the League Two final day saw every side in the play-off spots move places in what was perhaps the most memorable end to a League Two season ever witnessed. Mansfield Town drew 2-2 with Forest Green which meant Swindon leapt ahead of them, which set up this tie with Port Vale as opposed to Mansfield. However, based on the final day of the campaign, Ben Garner's men do come into the game in better goalscoring form, as they hammered Walsall 3-0 away from home, with Jack Payne netting twice after Harry McKirdy's early goal.

At the same time, Port Vale edged past Exeter City in one of the most stunning results of the season on the final day, with Darrell Clarke's men winning 1-0 away from home thanks to a goal from Jame Wilson once more. It meant Forest Green won the title, and it also rocketed Port Vale into sixth to set up this tie.

The most amazing thing about Port Vale's win against Exeter wasn't just their famous win over Exeter, but how it also ended a run of three games without a win after they lost to Bristol Rovers, Walsall and Newport County by shipping seven goals and scoring only two.

The Robins have been running through the division in the past two months as they have beaten Harrogate Town 4-1, Hartlepool 3-0, Forest Green 2-1, and Barrow 2-1 before their final day of the season win over Walsall. It makes them one of the most in-form sides in the division and also puts them as the favourites to win here at 6/5, but as the underdogs to win the semi-finals over two legs as they are 1/1 compared to Vale's 8/11 price.

It's likely to be a game with goals, but only two of Vale's last six games have seen over 2.5 goals, while Swindon are looking to get the edge on them ahead of a trip to Vale Park. Swindon, however, won 3-1 the last time out and will be confident they can et the job done here once more.

Swindon team news

Elliot Iandolo has returned after his suspension and played very well in the win over Walsall, so he will play here once more with Egbo at right-back. Conroy and Baudry are both ready to play with the latter coming off in the win against Walsall. Jack Payne was the Man of the Match last time out, and he will play with Reed and Williams in midfield once more. Louie Barry will likely be playing his last game at the County Ground as he starts alongside Davison and McKirdy in the attack.

Port vale team news

Proctor and Edmondson usually lineup in a forward duo, and the same is expected with Wilson passing a fitness test and ready to play here. Hussey, Garrity, Pett and Gibbons should all remain here too in the midfield four. The usual back three of Hall, Martin and Smith should play as well, with Kian Harratt and Mal Benning ready to play after passing fitness tests too. There are no suspensions for Vale to worry about here as well.

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