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Port Vale out to stop the rot against Swindon Town in Sky Bet League 1

18 August 2015

Swindon Town welcome Port Vale to the County Ground in Match Round 3 of Sky Bet League 1, and Mark Cooper's men boast a comfortable record against the Valiants in recent times.

Although the Robins only have two more wins (30) to their name than Vale (28) in the history of the fixture, it’ll be Rob Page’s men attempting to set the record straight when they clash on Tuesday night.


Meetings: 76
Swindon wins: 30
Port Vale wins: 28
Draws: 18

The last seven meetings between the pair haven't ended well for Port Vale, who've lost in each and every one of them. Not only have they failed to pick up a single point, but they've been on the wrong side of some heavy scorelines.

In April 2008, they were thumped 6-0 at the County Ground, and they shipped five of those in the first half alone. Their next two visits to Wiltshire were only a little better, alosing 5-0 and 5-2, meaning they've conceded 17 times in their last four trips to the Robins.

The last time the Staffordshire side beat Swindon was in October 2007, when Luke Rodgers and Dan Whitaker inspired them to victory at Vale Park. And you have to go back two seasons prior to that one for the last time they beat Swindon on their own patch, in 2005, when they triumphed 2-1 after goals from Mickey Bell and Christopher Cornes.

Swindon Town v Port Vale – last seven meetings

March 2015: Port Vale 0-1 Swindon Town
December 2014: Swindon Town 1-0 Port Vale
February 2014: Port Vale 2-3 Swindon Town
November 2013: Swindon Town 5-2 Port Vale
April 2012: Swindon Town 5-0 Port Vale
November 2011: Port Vale 0-2 Swindon Town
April 2008: Swindon Town 6-0 Port Vale

How have they started?

The two lock horns on Tuesday having endured unbeaten starts to League life in 2015/16. Swindon brushed aside Bradford City in their opening encounter, with winger Nathan Byrne scoring a hat-trick, and came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Bury at the weekend.

Vale, on the other hand, are yet to register a Sky Bet League 1 win but haven't lost, following back-to-back draws against Crewe Alexandra and Gillingham. They did, though, cause an upset at home to Burnley in the Capital One Cup last week, as Byron Moore scored late on to secure a 1-0 scoreline and a place in Round 2.

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