Port Vale v Bury Betting Tips: No shortage of goals at Vale Park

Jan 18 2017

Friday’s League One match sees two teams looking to avoid relegation this season go head-to-head as Port Vale host Bury at Vale Park.

Port Vale may have lost their latest match against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup, however, prior to that they had avoided defeat in each of their last two games, including one win, following a run of three losses. This puts them 15th in the table but still just six points off the relegation spots, fortunately for them, they do still have at least one game in hand on most teams in and around them.

Goals are a huge problem for Michael Brown’s side as proved by the fact they have found the back of the net just 27 times in 25 games – the joint fourth worst record in the division. The loss of on-loan Birmingham City striker Alex Jones to promotion challengers Bradford City will certainly not help these matters. However, they do have a relatively good defence which has kept two clean sheets in their last two league matches whilst they have conceded just 37 goals which is the best record of all but one of the teams below them.

The Valiants have a pretty good record at home having won seven of their 13 matches at Vale Park this season. They did recently lose two on the spin on home turf but then managed to recover to claim victory in their last home match, a 1-0 against Chesterfield, in what was also their last match of 2016.

Bury stopped the rot in emphatic style on Saturday after recovering from going 1-0 down to win 5-1 against Peterborough United – mainly thanks to four goals from striker James Vaughan – after going 20 matches without a win in all competitions. This result lifted them out of the relegation zone by the skin of the teeth with them only above 21st place Shrewsbury Town by two goals.

Defence has been the main reason why the Shakers have been on such a terrible run – a run that has seen them fail to win since 27th September. Chris Brass’s team have conceded a ridiculous 53 goals in just 27 games which is unsurprisingly the worst record in the league and is an average of 1.96 per game. Things are much better for them at the other end of the pitch and Saturday’s thrashing of Peterborough United proved that they can score goals. Their ‘Goals For’ column reads an impressive 41 which is the best record right up to 9th place Bristol Rovers and beats all but one of the teams currently in the play-off positions.

Whilst their recent 5-1 win will have boosted confidence levels, it was at home and so away form is still a huge problem with Bury taking just two points from a possible 27 on their travels since they last won an away fixture.

Although they are not on the best form themselves, I expect Port Vale to pick up a win in this match on Friday night. Bury simply concede too many goals on the road. Having said that, as mentioned above, the visitors do carry a threat up to so couldn’t be written off in an attacking sense.  With this in mind, ‘Port Vale to Win & Both Teams to Score’, at 4/1, is worthy of support.

If you fancy more flexibility on the result given that Bury may be boosted by that win, then go for ‘Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals Total’ which is definitely a bet to be on at 21/20.

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