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23:00 17th January 2013
By  Dave Johnson

Vale take on Bradford City this Saturday at Vale park (weather permitting) looking to retain the top spot earned at the Priestfield Stadium last weekend following the win against Gillingham.

It will be the third meeting between the two sides this season and so far it is honours even, with each side recording an away win.

A first half strike from Tom Pope was enough to earn Vale the three points at the Coral Windows Stadium back in September, when Vale had to defend stoutly against a second half onslaught.

The Bantams took the honours when the two sides met again, this time in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Vale Park.

Ritchie Jones and Craig Forsyth netted for the visitors early in the second half to end any aspirations Vale may have had of a trip to Wembley on 7th April.

Bradford own hopes of reaching Wembley were ended when they ended up up going out of the competition themselves earlier this week after being beaten by Crewe Alexandra.

They are of course in a strong position to reach the Capital One Final as they face Aston Villa on Tuesday evening in the second leg of the semi-finals, already 3-1 up.

How that will affect the side Phil Parkinson puts out against the Vale is anyone’s guess. Will he weaken the side with Tuesday in mind?

If he fields his strongest side, perhaps some of his players may be concerned about missing the Villa  game if they pick up an injury here at vale Park.

Vale boss Micky Adams is more concerned about making sure his own players are prepared and ready for another tough match against a very good Bradford side.

He will keep them all guessing about team selection. After making four changes following the four-nil win against Plymouth Argyle the suggestion is that nobody can take their place for granted.

The manager has already said that he is not afraid to make changes and he will take each game as it comes and take the opposition into consideration before naming his starting eleven.

If you can’t make it to the game then you may wish to listen to full match commentary on Valiant Player, where you can listen to ALL of the Vale games home and away.

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