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14 April 2015

The Iron welcome Port Vale on Tuesday hoping to make it three successive home wins, whilst also taking points off another relegation rival.

Scunthorpe won last time out against Crawley as an own goal and a Paddy Madden strike helped Mark Robins’ side to a 2-1 success, moving them three points clear of danger.

Port Vale head to Glanford Park one point and one place worse off than the Iron, finding themselves in 18th place in the League One table.

The Valiants have not been in great form of late though and are without a win in their last seven, losing six of those matches.

They did draw in their last outing against MK Dons though, so that will give them confidence heading into Tuesday evening’s encounter.

Mark Robins will have to wait on the fitness of Alex Davey ahead of the clash, with the Iron defender coming off at half time on Saturday with a calf injury.

Liam O’Neil will definitely not be available for the Iron as he returned to his parent club West Brom with the heel injury that had kept him out recently.

The Iron boss was able to welcome Neal Bishop back into his starting eleven for the Crawley clash, and the midfielder will be available once again.

The last meeting between the two sides came in the 2-2 draw at Port Vale earlier in the season, with the Iron equalising in the last ten men despite only having ten men.

Neal Bishop’s early strike was cancelled out by Ben Williamson, with Chris Birchall giving the hosts a second half lead, before Jennison Myrie-Williams was dismissed minutes later, only for Lyle Taylor to grab the Iron a point.

The previous meeting at Glanford Park came in the League Cup in 2009/10 and saw the Iron emerge with a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals in extra time from Paul Hayes and Grant McCann.

The Iron won the last league meeting on home soil too, winning 3-0 in 2006/07, with a Billy Sharp brace and an Ian Morris strike securing victory.

Out of a total of 37 matches played between the two sides, Port Vale have a slightly better record than the Iron, winning 12 compared to Scunthorpe’s 11, with 14 draws between the two sides.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to Glanford Park to see if the Iron can make it three home wins in a row, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.

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