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PREVIEW - Leeds vs Vale

9 August 2017

Fixture – Leeds United vs Port Vale

Date – 9th August 2017

Venue – Elland Road

 

Preview

Port Vale manager, Michael Brown, will be looking his side can cause an upset tonight as they are on the road again, against his former team; Leeds United.

Brown played for the Whites before joining Vale as a player back in 2014. He will return to his former club for the first time in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

After impressing on the opening day of the season against Crawley Town, the Valiants will be looking to book their place into the next round, if they can get past the Championship side.

 

The Opposition

Leeds will be looking to build on their performance from last season as they finished 7th in the Championship – just one position from a play-off position.

A cup run will also be a high priority for manager, Thomas Christiansen, who is currently enjoying his first spell in England as a manager. A finish in the play-off places is sought after by the Whites’ faithful as they continue their push to be back in the Premier League.

Over the summer, Leeds have brought in six new players with more likely to be signed over the course of the next couple of weeks.

This meeting will be the first meeting between the two sides since March 2008 where Vale entertained their League One counterparts which resulted in a 3-3 draw.

 

Talk

Michael Brown:

"It's a fantastic game for myself personally and for the football club to go and test ourselves. There will be 20,000 there, it's a great game and we are all looking forward to it."

Kalvin Philips (Leeds United midfielder):

“It’s really important. Last year we got to go to Anfield and that lifted the lads’ spirit. Hopefully we can get as far as possible.”

 

Team News

Vale could be without Cristian Montano who came off against Crawley with a suspected injury. He would join Tyrone Barnett and Kjell Knops who remain on the sidelines.

There will be concerns over the fitness of Matthew Pennington and Gaetano Berardi who both came off against Bolton this past weekend.

 

Coverage

iFollow the Vale will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, while the Port Vale Twitter feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.

There will also be build-up to the game with the official Snapchat account: officialpvfc.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, iFollow and social media.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT -Leeds United 4-1 Vale

9 August 2017

Port Vale bowed out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Leeds United on Wednesday night as a hat-trick from Samuel Saiz and a strike from Caleb Ekuban sealed victory for Thomas Christiansen’s side.

A goal from Michael Tonge during the first half did give the Valiants some hope, but the Championship team prevailed to progress to the second round.

During the opening exchanges both sides jostled for possession, but Vale fashioned their first chance of the evening on seven minutes. 

Rekeil Pyke carried the ball down the left flank before letting fly from inside the area, but Leeds ‘keeper Felix Wiedwald was on hand to gather the shot.

A spell of possession then followed for the hosts and they took the lead on 13 minutes in fortuitous circumstances.

Stuart Dallas’ initial cross bounced off the far post and fell to Samuel Saiz inside the area and he fired a finish into the corner past Rob Lainton.

After opening the scoring, Leeds continued to keep the ball well and a neat move on 21 minutes resulted in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson forcing Lainton into a save. 

The Championship side then flashed in a number of low crosses, but Vale’s defence dealt with them well to relieve the pressure.

With 36 minutes played Vale then found a leveller as Michael Tonge fired a finish into the bottom corner to make it two goals in as many games for him. 

A long throw-in from Gavin Gunning caused the initial danger, Dan Turner then flicked the ball into Tonge’s path and the midfielder fired home to make it 1-1.

Vale came out after the restart with a change of goalkeeper, but Sam Hornby wasn’t required on 51 minutes as Ronaldo Vieira sent an effort way off target from distance. 

Up the other end just moments later the Valiants almost found the net as Anton Forrester saw a shot blocked from inside the six-yard area.

Several chances then fell United’s way soon after and Hornby pulled off a couple of smart saves, but he couldn’t deny Saiz on the hour mark. 

The Spanish midfielder then completed his hat-trick with an emphatic finish on 63 minutes to widen the margin to two goals and make it 3-1 to the hosts.

As the game wore on, Leeds continued to attack and it took a brave block from Gunning to thwart Ezgjan Alioski. 

The substitute then went close on 79 minutes as he drilled an effort towards the Vale goal, but Hornby reacted well to tip the ball over the bar with an acrobatic save.

Leeds did add a fourth late on, however, as Caleb Ekuban got on the end of an Alioski cross to complete the scoring. 

Vale were also reduced to ten men in the closing stages as Gunning received a second booking from referee Peter Bankes after a challenge on Alioski.

 

Team Line-ups

Leeds United: Wiedwald, Ayling © (Gomes 70), Shaughnessy, Borthwick-Jackson, Anita, Vieira, Klich (Bridcutt 57), Dallas, Saiz, Sacko (Alioski 57), Ekuban.

Unused Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Wood, Hernandez, Phillips.

Port Vale: Lainton (Hornby 45), Davis, Smith, Kay, Gunning, Reeves, Tonge, Pugh © (Harness 80), Turner, Pyke, Forrester (Pope 62).

Unused Substitutes: Gibbons, Calveley, de Freitas, Whitfield.

 

Attendance: 15,431

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Ticket News

Carabao Cup Advance Tickets - SOLD OUT

7 August 2017

We can confirm that we have sold out of our Advance tickets for the upcoming First Round Carabao Cup clash at Leeds United.

The club was allocated 500 tickets in advance ahead of the game, but we have now sold out of these tickets.

Therefore, supporters who are looking to go to the game will have to purchase tickets on the day of the game from Leeds.

Tickets for the game rise by £5 on the day of the game, so therefore the new ticket prices are as follows:

Adults - £20

Seniors 60 + -  £15

Disabled (wheelchair /ambulant)   £15

Young adults (16-22)    - £15

Juniors under 16  - £5

 

 

For more information on ticket prices and details for the trip to Elland Road, please contact the ticket office on 01782 655821.

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