Forest Green Rovers vs Port Vale - Free Betting Tips

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Forest Green Rovers are one of only a few teams in League Two who remain undefeated after six rounds. However, while this run seems impressive on first scrutiny, it’s less so when you dig deeper: most of the games played so far resulted in draws, so it’s safe to assume they’ll be looking for a precious W from this fixture. Meanwhile, for the visiting team, the prospect of securing one point is rather appealing, especially given the fact Port Vale have so far lost all of their matches on the road.

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08. September 2018 | 15:00
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Port Vale travel to The New Lawn Stadium in Nailsworth determined to end their losing streak, and will field a defensive starting formation to help them achieve just that. As a result, we expect the likelihood of a draw is high, and Betway are offering excellent odds of 3/1 on the two teams splitting points in this match. Risk-averse punters can take the cover of a Port Vale +1 Asian Handicap at odds of 1/2 with Unibet and have the stakes returned if Forest Green Rovers win by exactly one goal. If you’re hunting for better odds, then a low-scoring draw remains the most likely outcome, and Forest Green Rovers vs Port Vale best odds are offered by 888sport on the Correct Score market of 1-1.

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Forrest Green Rovers vs Port Vale Betting Tips: Form Guide

Forest Green Aren’t Losing, But They’re Not Winning Much Either

Since dropping points in the friendly match against Leeds United in mid-July, FGR have been able to avoid defeat regardless of opponent and venue. Half of their recent matches have ended in a draw since the beginning of the new season; they’ve won twice, and have split the points in the other four rounds. What is particularly worrisome ahead of this fixture is the fact that they are still winless at The New Lawn, where all three games played so far have resulted in a disappointing draw.

Port Vale are one of the worst travelling teams, so the hosts will try to take advantage of their opponent’s poor form and claim a morale-boosting first home victory. In the last match played against Cheltenham, the Green Devils starting formation featured three strikers, and they were able to exercise constant pressure upon the visiting team. As a result, they scored four unanswered goals — though with that said, two of them were scored in the last minutes of the match, when the visitors had already given up. Our Forrest Green Rovers vs Port Vale betting tips for today point towards a match with few goal-scoring opportunities and a high likelihood of a draw as a result.

Port Vale Can’t Score Away From Home

The visitors are mired in a three-game losing streak and they have dropped the same number of matches on the road this season. Two of those defeats were marginal ones ones, but their strikers are leaving a lot to be desired, scoring just a single goal away from home thus far. Against Forest Green, Vale will use a starting formation with five defenders, four midfielders and a single striker. In some good news at least, Tom Pope — their most prolific striker, with three goals this season so far — will spearhead the attack once more.

The last match won by Port Vale on the road was against Halifax Town nearly two months ago, and their performance in competitive matches has been shaky at best. They have yet to win a match away from home in 2018, with their last win away from home obtained in December 2017 against Carlisle United. The visitors are under tremendous pressure to end the losing streak quickly and stay above the relegation zone, though whether they can do so remains to be seen. Their objective for the season is to remain in League Two; for this to happen, they will need to improve their performance away from home significantly — but we don’t think they’ll manage that today. Our Forrest Green Rovers vs Port Vale match preview focuses on a willingness to defend for 90 minutes for a chance to secure a solitary point, as we just can’t imagine their low-scoring tendencies will be overturned against a far stronger opposition.

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The Last 5 Games

Forrest Green Rovers VS. Port Vale

  • Forrest Green Rovers Form2 wins, 3 draws, 0 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Forrest Green Rovers Goals10 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Port Vale Form1 wins, 0 draw, 4 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Port Vale Goals3 goals in the last 5 matches
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Forrest Green Rovers vs Port Vale Preview: Recent Meetings

The first time these two teams met was in 2012 in a dramatic FA Cup match that Port Vale won on the road. They found the strength to recover after squandering a two-goal lead and advanced to the next stage thanks to a goal scored in the dying moments of the match. Since both teams returned to the English League Two, they’ve met twice, both in 2017, and both with the same result: Forest Green Rovers won.

Home advantage has done Port Vale some good in this fixture, with points split evenly when Port Vale played at home. However, this advantage was nullified, as Forest Green won the only match at The New Lawn, thanks to a goal scored in the 61st minute. Reuben Reid scored the decisive goal in question; though he’ll be in the mix again for this fixture, we’re not convinced he’ll have the necessary support to break through. As a result, our Forest Green Rovers vs Port Vale betting tips suggest the likelihood of a match with few scoring opportunities, with the visitors particularly struggling to find the back of the net.

Forrest Green Rovers vs Port Vale Prediction: Low Scoring Draw

Port Vale have lost four of the last five matches and all the games played on the road this season, so they will — at best — fancy a draw here. Their starting formation reflects the willingness to defend the scoreless draw and we trust them to prevent the hosts from sending too many balls towards their net. Even if Forest Green do manage to score, we find it most unlikely for them to do it by two goals or more given the chances of a staunch defensive effort from the Valiants. While Port Value are still winless on the road, but should be able to cover the spread, so the +1 Asian Handicap bet is worth considering for punters who’d prefer to bet with a little extra security.

Overall, we can’t see either team pressing for victory given recent form, and a low-scoring draw would probably suit both sides, so that’s our choice for a Forrest Green Rovers vs Port Vale prediction for today.

Thanks for reading our betting tips on the English League Two and we hope to see you at Betting.org again soon for more in-depth match analysis.

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