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PREVIEW: Port Vale v Coventry City - The Sky Blues head to Vale Park for a Boxing Day clash in League Two

City look to do the double over Vale on Boxing Day...

24 December 2017

The Sky Blues will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce as they head to Vale Park for a Boxing Day clash with Port Vale in SkyBet League Two.

Peter Vincenti will be a doubt for the trip after picking up a knee injury in the 3-2 win over Wycombe. The wide-man landed badly after jumping for an aerial ball on Friday night, but the early signs have looked positive.

Liam Kelly (heel), Jodi Jones (ACL) and Tony Andreu (ACL) all continue their fightbacks at Sky Blue Lodge.

Vale boss Neil Aspin will be without defender James Gibbons who is suspended after picking up his second red card of the season in the FA Cup second round defeat to Yeovil.

Tom Anderson missed Saturday’s draw with Colchester through illness and could do the same on Boxing Day. The former Chestefield defender will be assessed on Christmas Day.

The Opponents

Manchester United academy graduate Danny Pugh will be a familiar name to Sky Blue fans on Saturday. The left-back made five appearances for City in 2015 after joining on a free from Leeds United but had his career in the West Midlands halted by an ankle injury.

Tom Pope, Michael Tongue and Anthony Kay provide Vale with spine rich with Football League experience. Despite failing to find the net this term Pope scored 69 times during his first spell in Staffordshire and will be one to keep an eye on.

Christian Montano was described by Michael Brown as the man signed to feed ‘the Pope’ and is certainly a threat for the Sky Blues. The Colombian gives Vale pace on the counter and a delivery strong enough to give Pope chances in the air.

Earlier this season

Mark Robins will be looking to do the double over Vale for the second season in a row in this one.

Jodi Jones’ first half curler was enough to help the Sky Blues to victory when the sides met at the Ricoh Arena in September.

Rod McDonald was shown a straight red card for a foul that was deemed the be last-man late on, but City were able to hang on to take all three points.

Last Six Meetings

Coventry City 1-0 Port Vale – 9th September 2017

Coventry City 2-1 Port Vale - 21st March 2017

Port Vale 0-2 Coventry City - 1st October 2016

Port Vale 1-1 Coventry City – 7th February 2016

Coventry City 1-0 Port Vale – 26th December 2015

Coventry City 2-3 Port Vale – 7th March 2015

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