Swindon Town vs. Port Vale Prediction, Tips & Odds – May. 15, 2022
The second game in the League Two play-off semi-finals will be played on Sunday at County Ground in Swindon.
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Swindon Town is the story of the season. Because this club was one of the major favorites for the relegation back in July, the main reason is that they were in financial crisis, their owner didn’t want to leave the club, the manager left them after one week, and a couple of new signings leaves them after one week. They must postpone the start of pre-season because they lacked players.
But, a new owner from Australia come in. His name is Clem Morfuni. He changes things a lot. They appointed a manager and sporting director. Sign new players and starts the season without a big expectation. It was clear that they would not be relegated because they created a solid squad.
But Ben Garner managed to challenge the club for a top 7 finish, and they made it at the end. Swindon finished the season in 6th place. Swindon was the champions of League Two two years ago, but they were relegated from League One last season.
Ben Garner plays non-typical football for lower leagues. Swindon has 59.7% ball possession per game, 386 passes per game, and the best attack in the league with 77 goals scored. They are in the run of four consecutive wins, and very good form comes to the playoff.
Harry McKirdy is their main man. He scored 20 goals and had eight assists, and he contributed to 28 from 77 goals. He was injured for one month, and Swindon had dropped in form, but he returned for the last four games, and he is one of the reasons for a good run at the end. He scored three goals and has one assist in the last four games.
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— Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) May 14, 2022
Port Vale was relegated from League One five years ago. Like Swindon, they also had problems with their previous owner. He finally sold the club and with the new owner things became much different. Port Vale was 8th and 12th in the previous two seasons in League Two, and this season they finished in 5th place. This is their first participation in the playoffs since the 1992/93 season!
Port Vale was in the top 7 for the major part of the season, but they had a very turbulent period from January to April. The main reason is the absence of their manager Darrell Clarke who has a close family bereavement. The team was led by his assistant Andy Crosby and got into a bad run which result in a drop to 10th place on the table. But Crosby manages to fix things and with the good run, he returns Port Vale in the top 3.
The striker Jamie Proctor is key for this team. He scored 12 goals and got five assists this season and contributed to 17 goals (the most in the club). He was injured from November to March and that is one of the reasons for Port Vale’s bad results. He scored five goals in the last month and a half.
Port Vale has a chance to finish in third place, but in the second to last round, they suffered a defeat at home to Newport and finished 5th only two points below 3rd place.
The thing which both teams have in common is that they are better away from home than at their own stadium. Swindon won more points away from home (43) than at County Ground (34) and Port Vale has won the same number of points away from home as at their stadium – 39.
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— Port Vale FC (@OfficialPVFC) May 14, 2022
Since 2017 they played eight-time among themselves. Swindon won five times, Port Vale two, and one was finished with a draw. Five games were finished with over 2.5 goals.
Team News and Injuries
Swindon: Rob Hunt, Jordan Lynden, Joseph Tomlinson, and Brandon Cooper are out.
Port Vale: Tom Conlon and Daniel Jones are out.
Swindon Town vs. Port Vale Prediction
It’s hard to predict a full-time winner here. Both teams are in a good run, maybe Swindon is in a slightly better one. They are good attacking sides and, as we said, they are better when they play away from home.
Swindon struggles with keeping a clean sheet at home, with only eight during the season, but also they failed to score only four times this season at home. On the other hand, Port Vale is also very efficient away from home and they failed to score only four times in 23 games.
We will go for goals in this game and place a bet on BTTS.
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