Port Vale host Brighton at Vale Park tomorrow afternoon in their fourth round FA Cup clash.

The Valiants took Plymouth to a replay before they managed to overcome The Pilgrims and book their place in tomorrow's match against Brighton.

The Seagulls had an easier route to the fixture, disposing of championship rivals Reading 1-0 with Andrew Croft's deflected goal.

Team news

Port Vale defender Joe Davis is ineligible to play whilst fellow defender Carl Dickinson begins his two-match suspension. Doug Loft will come into the side in his place.

Florent Cuvelier sits out of the fixture through injury but Gavin Tomlin could return.

Brighton could have Will Buckley back from injury with Kazenga LuaLua edging closer to a return.


The furthest Port Vale have ever got in the FA Cup is the semi-finals in 1954.

Brighton have reached the final before, in 1983 when they were beaten by Manchester United.

Vale have not made the fifth round of the FA Cup since 1995/96, when they defeated Everton in a replay at this stage.

The Seagulls are unbeaten in eight FA Cup games against teams from lower divisions, though they have drawn five of these clashes.


Port Vale are fierce opponents at Vale Park and have the in form pairing of Tom Pope and Jordan Hugill. Taking nothing away from their promotion-chasing Championship opposition, but I think Vale will edge this one.

Port Vale 2-1 Brighton 

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