Saturday, October 16, 2021

Port Vale 21/20 to beat Rochdale in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy tie

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News 4 Oct 2021


Competition: EFL Trophy

Market: Port Vale win

Odds: 21/20 @ 888sport

Turning their attention back to EFL Trophy duties in midweek, a high-flying Port Vale will host fellow League Two outfit Rochdale on Tuesday night.

Starting with the hosts, managing to snatch what was a stunning last-gasp win at home against Leyton Orient over the weekend, there is no doubt that the mood in Port Vale’s camp will be at a red-hot high. Snatching a pair of injury-time goals on home soil and laying down what was a real marker against their fellow play-off hopefuls, Darrell Clarke’s side are enjoying what has become a real purple patch. Battling it out at the top of the League Two table, the Valiants will be smelling a golden chance once again in midweek. Riding a real wave and still boosted by that late flurry on Saturday, Port Vale have now won each of their last four straight matchups. Now securing back-to-back victories in Burslem, Clarke’s men will be confident of landing their first EFL Trophy victory at the second attempt here.

As for the visitors, while Port Vale might be riding a real wave, the same cannot be said for what is a struggling Rochdale outfit. Despite enjoying what was an eye-catching run when heading into September, Robbie Stockdale’s side have really come crashing back down to earth. Tumbling their way down the League Two table, the Blues were last seen over the weekend when putting in another worrying display on the road. Eventually hit with what was a deserved 2-0 defeat away at Bradford, the Dale are now in the midst of a three-match losing run. Despite picking up maximum points when they made the trip to Burslem on fourth-tier duties last month, Rochdale will face a stern test in midweek. With the Valiants enjoying a real purple patch, we’re backing a home victory here.

Bet: Port Vale 21/20 to beat Rochdale in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy tie @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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