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MATCH PREVIEW: Carlisle United v Port Vale

15 December 2017

As Vale are on their travels for the second time in five days, we bring you all the details that you need to know about the fixture.

Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Carlisle United vs Port Vale

Date: Saturday 16th December 2017
Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Venue: Brunton Park



Port Vale return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday after their Emirates FA Cup defeat to Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.

It’s another away journey for Neil Aspin and his players, but he will hoping that his side can make it two league victories in succession after they defeated Cambridge United last time out.


The Opposition 

Carlisle United have enjoyed a mixed start to the season and they currently lie 14th in Sky Bet League Two, winning seven, drawing seven and losing seven thus far.

Last time out, they shared the spoils with Newport County at Rodney Parade as the two teams played out a dramatic 3-3 draw. 

Keith Curle’s men have drawn their last three fixtures, with their last win coming back on the 18th of November as they secured three points away to Grimsby Town.



Neil Aspin: “Carlisle are a team that expect to be up there challenging to get in the play-offs or earn promotion.

“They’ve got plenty of options and they will cause a threat to us, but we have to get our own house in order try and influence the game in a positive way ourselves.”


Keith Curle: "Neil [Aspin] has gone in there and he'll be demanding high standards from his players. They won't be happy at all with where they are and they'll be looking to get the points they need to climb away from the bottom area of the division.

"We will have to be aware of that but we'll prepare properly and we'll look to impose our game on them as much as possible.”


Team News

Carlisle United could welcome their captain, Danny Grainger, back into the side after he suffered a rib injury during the FA Cup clash with Gillingham last weekend.

Jamie Devitt is also without a start for a month and he could be called upon. Kelvin Etuhu and Richard Bennett are the likely forward pairing, with Shaun Miller on the bench last time out.

The Valiants will be without Cristian Montano and James Gibbons after both were shown red cards during Tuesday night’s clash with Yeovil Town, meaning they are now suspended.

On the injury front, Vale are only without long term absentee Kjell Knops and Joe Davis.



iFollow the Vale will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, while the Port Vale Twitter and Facebook 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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