The Final of the League Two play-offs serves up a game between Mansfield and Port Vale, which takes place at Wembley this coming Saturday. The two sides facing off here last squared up against each other at Vale Park in the League Two. Port Vale came away with a 3-1 win.
Mansfield finished the regular season on 77 points as number seven. They were the best home side of the lot in League Two, but nevertheless managed to win both home and away in the Semi-Final against Northampton. This could be an epic comeback season for The Stags who were second to last in League Two in late October after 12 game run without a win.
Port Vale finished fifth in the regular season on 78 points. They clinched their place in the final in dramatic fashion having lost the first leg against Swindon 2-1 away. A 1-0 home win led to a penalty shoot-out and Vale preventing Swindon from a possible return to League One.
Mansfield scored an average of 1.7 goals in ten matches or a total of 17 while allowing ten goals against. This is an average of one goals against per match with four clean sheets along the way.
Port Vale scored an average of 1.8 goals a game in the past ten matches. They scored 18 goals, let in 17 for an average of 1.7 a game, and managed three clean sheets.
Mansfield vs Port Vale Preview
Mansfield should be high on confidence, as their last three matches saw them gain seven points. They started off drawing 2-2 with Forest Green, before beating first Northampton by 2-1, then Northampton in a 1-0 win in the two semi-finals in the playoff. Mansfield won four of their past six matches on home soil in the League Two, where they also drew one and lost one. They scored 11 goals and conceded six times.
Port Vale Form
Results have been up and down for Port Vale, who beat Exeter by 0-1. Following that up proved too difficult, as they lost 2-1 against Swindon, before racking up a 1-0 win against Swindon. They eventually knocked out Swindon on penalties. Port Vale performed a very admirable four wins in six League Two away matches, as well as zero draws and two defeats. They scored six times, while also conceding five goals.
While not quite trusting Mansfield with the home win, we still find them a better betting option than an unimpressive Port Vale team. We settled for the draw-no-bet or double-chance.
Mansfield vs Port Vale Stats
- Mansfield have scored in the last 19 home matches in a row
- Mansfield have not lost 18 of the last 20 home matches
- Mansfield have scored in 17 of the last 19 matches
- Mansfield have won 9 of the last 11 home matches
- Mansfield have not lost the last 6 matches in a row
- Port Vale have scored in 13 of the last 15 matches
- Port Vale have scored in 10 of the last 12 away matches
- Port Vale have won 5 of the last 7 away matches
- In 3 of the last 4 matches Port Vale played, both teams scored
- Port Vale have conceded in 5 of the last 6 matches
Mansfield vs Port Vale Team News
Mansfield vs Port Vale H2H
The last encounter in the League Two between these two teams was a belter of a 3-1 match. Are we in for a similar goal-fest on Saturday? A draw could be the way to go here, as this has been an equal pairing in their most recent meetings. Mansfield won four times of the previous ten matches in the League Two, while Port Vale secured two wins from those ten matches. The bookies best betting odds on a home win are at 2.80.
Both teams scored six times in the previous ten matches between home side Mansfield and Port Vale. Best priced odds on BTTS with the bookies are at 1.83.
Mansfield vs Port Vale Betting Tips
Looking at the market for a goalscorer, it seems a good idea to side with Stephen McLaughlin, who is performing well for Mansfield. He found the back of the net three times in his most recent League Two outings. He'll be out to add more goals against Port Vale.
The visitors will be looking to James Wilson to find the net once again, after managing three League Two goals for Port Vale in recent matches.
In their last 10 matches at Wembley across all tournaments Mansfield won eight times, drew one and lost one times. Port Vale claimed five wins, two draw and three defeats in their last 10 games away. Of the last 10 games at the Wembley, Mansfield were able to win five without conceding a goal. A number worth keeping in mind for an accumulator, depending on your betting strategy.
Over 3.5 goals came out five times in the past ten encounters between Mansfield and Port Vale, with the former on an average of two goals a game. Port Vale scored 1.1 goals per game and both teams scored six times in this run. Over 2.5 goals was a winning bet in five of Mansfield’s past ten matches across all tournaments. They scored 1.7 goals on average along the way. Over 2.5 goals happened in six of the visitor's last ten games this season. On average, they scored 1.8 times in those matches.