What happens when two in-form Sky Bet League Two teams go toe-to-toe, both vying to continue their impressive run of form and elevate their standing?
This weekend’s featured game sees Sutton United take on Port Vale, with the South Londoners up and running in the EFL.
📅 Match details
This weekend, the VBS Community Stadium will play host to Sutton United’s League Two clash with Port Vale. Sutton, who claimed their largest-ever EFL win on home soil just last month, will take on the Valiants at 15:00 on Saturday 9 October.
Declan Bourne will officiate the game, with Daniel Bonneywell and Paul Yates acting as assistant referees, whilst Ryan Whitaker has been named as the fourth official.
👔 At the helm
Sutton United head coach Matt Gray ingrained himself in the South Londoner’s history when his side won promotion to the EFL for the first time in their 123-year history last season, championing the 2020/21 National League.
The former Tottenham Hotspur youth player turned his interim role into a permanent position, initially becoming a coach at the Club in December 2018, and it didn’t take him long to make his way up the ranks.
Meanwhile, former Bristol Rovers and Walsall boss Darrell Clarke took up the Port Vale post mid-way through the 2020/21 campaign, with the Valiants occupying 18th place. Once up and running, the Mansfield-born manager spearheaded a six-game winning streak, marking the Club’s most impressive run since March 1996.
After the 43-year-old gave Vale’s squad a facelift in the summer, the Burslem side have enjoyed an impressive start to the season, climbing inside the top three with Saturday’s outcome against Leyton Orient.
🔑 Key man
Sutton attacker Enzio Boldewijn was well worthy of his plaudits in Saturday’s victory over Northampton Town. The Dutchman earned a place in the League Two Team of the Week as Gray’s men cruised to a 2-0 victory.
The 28-year-old arrived in England in 2016 and, after two seasons with Crawley Town, cemented himself as a fans’ favourite among Notts County supporters.
Saturday’s matchwinner and League Two’s joint second-highest scorer Jamie Proctor already has six strikes to his name to date and will be hungry for more this afternoon.
The fit and firing forward has struggled to find a home since falling out of favour at Rotherham United but has settled into life at Vale Park since joining the Club in the summer.
📈 Form guide
A comfortable 2-0 victory over Northampton Town last time out at the weekend boosted Sutton United up three places to 11th, representing the South Londoners’ first-ever EFL triumph away from home.
Matt Gray’s men kick-started their campaign in September with a first win over Stevenage. Since then, Sutton have claimed four wins in five as the EFL newcomers settle into life in League Two.
Similarly, third placed Port Vale will be looking to preserve their winning streak. Darrell Clarke’s side are on a four-game winning streak, securing perhaps their best victory yet against high-flying Leyton Orient at the weekend.
Vale took it down to the wire, trailing 2-1 in stoppage time, only to edge Orient 3-2. Dennis Politic and Proctor struck deep into added time as the Valiants completed their fightback at the death.
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