All indications point to a Vale win. If Vale play anything like Northampton, they'll nullify our attacking threat and box us in- they took 4 points off Bury last season so looks a good possibility. They also have Mark Cullen, who always seems to score against us. We've won 3 times in 28 visits to Vale Park.
Bristol City also playing at Stoke at the same time- so possible trouble on the trains?
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The Staffordshire club will host Ryan Lowe's Pilgrims in League Two on Saturday
Plymouth Argyle have lost their last two away games in League Two, against Newport County and Northampton Town.
So manager Ryan Lowe will want to see his side turn that form around when they travel to Port Vale on Saturday.
The Valiants are in 14th position in the table, two points behind the eighth-placed Pilgrims.
Port Vale are unbeaten in three home league games this season, including a 1-0 win against Cambridge United last time out.
John Askey was appointed as manager in February and carried out a major overhaul of the squad this summer.
Here, Mike Baggaley, the Port Vale reporter for The Sentinel newspaper, tells Plymouth Live what Argyle can expect from Askey's side.
MAIN SIGNINGS AND DEPARTURES
John Askey has had a busy summer, recruiting 14 players. His priority was to add goals to a squad that had only managed 39 in 46 league games last season, the lowest total in the division.
So, strikers Richie Bennett, Mark Cullen and Jordan Archer have been recruited from Carlisle United, Blackpool and Bury respectively.
David Amoo has also been brought in from Cambridge United to supply the goals, and hopefully score a few himself from the right wing.
The main departures were midfielder Luke Hannant, who moved to Cambridge, and right-back Mitch Clark who was on loan from Aston Villa and has signed for Leicester City.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS SEASON
After finishing 20th for each of the last two seasons, a mid-table finish and a campaign free of relegation fears would be more than welcome.
There is certainly optimism around Vale Park after Norman Smurthwaite sold the club to Carol and Kevin Shanahan for around £4 million.
Smurthwaite was the subject of protests from supporters who have welcomed the Shanahans, the owners of an IT business next to Vale Park.
HOW HAVE VALE STARTED THE SEASON
Nine points from seven games and 14th place is a steady rather than spectacular start, but not to be sniffed at considering the Vale were given some tough opening fixtures.
That difficult run continues this weekend and then away to Exeter City on Tuesday.
Vale have looked solid defensively - apart from a 5-2 defeat at Grimsby Town - but are looking to create more than they did in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Newport County.
THE PORT VALE DANGERMEN
Home-grown right-back James Gibbons loves to bomb forward and has started the season in fine form.
Goalkeeper Scott Brown swept the board at the end of season awards. He hasn't been quite as busy so far this season, although he made a fine penalty save at Newport.
Midfielder David Worrall rivals Gibbons as Vale's player of the opening few weeks. He has dropped back from the right wing to play in a central midfield three and is full of energy.
Club captain and target man Tom Pope has been the star man for the last couple of years as his goals have kept the club in the Football League, but the local lad and Vale fan has had to make do with a place on the bench of late.
Some supporters have urged Askey to play two up front but he has resisted that so far. Vale did switch to that when chasing the game at Grimsby but were over-run, showing why the manager has preferred to play with the extra man in midfield.
Port Vale (4-3-3): Brown; Gibbons, Legge, Smith, Crookes; Worrall, Joyce, Conlon; Amoo, Bennett, Montano.