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Posh v Port Vale: Match Preview

10 September 2016

Posh host Port Vale at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday.

Peterborough United entertain Port Vale in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday at the ABAX Stadium (3pm) knowing that a win and other results going their way could lift Grant McCann's men into the automatic promotion places.

Vale are one place behind Posh in the fledgling League One table and have had a busy few months with 17 new players arriving at Vale Park in the close season. They have also changed their manager with Bruno Ribeiro now at the helm.

Anthony de Freitas is a major doubt after coming off early in the first half of Vale's 4-1 defeat at Bury last week while striker Anton Forrester could also be missing after picking up a knock during the match.

Midfield duo Anthony Grant and Paulo Tavares could be in line for returns after missing the last two games through hamstring injuries with the latter being an unused substitute at Gigg Lane.

Gezim Shalaj could be pushing for a starting place after making his debut from the bench following his deadline day move from Cypriot side Enosis Neon Paralimni.

Posh boss McCann welcomes back Michael Smith from international duty with Northern Ireland and Hayden White from injury for the clash.

"Hayden has been a little frustrated about the timing of his injury. Michael was away with Northern Ireland and he was obviously desperate to stake a claim for a first team berth but groin injuries can be troublesome and we have done the right thing in how we have managed him.

"Michael has had a bit of a whirlwind of a week, going away with his country and then his partner gave birth on his return but he has trained well and is available for selection," McCann said.

The Posh boss is expecting a difficult test from a Vale side who have changed their style of play under the new management. "Port Vale have made a lot of new signings and will play in a different way to how Port Vale have played in recent years. They have some good players and have picked up some decent results, but their away form isn't as strong and we need to capitalise on that.

"We need to get in their faces, play with a tempo and impose ourselves on the game. We stood off a good Swindon side in the first half last weekend and we can't let that happen again," McCann added.

Tickets for the game are available in advance at a cheaper rate, visit www.theposhtickets.com, call the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934* or purchase tickets at the ABAX Stadium on Friday to take advantage of that discounted price.

*calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee.



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