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Port Vale League Two Odds: Valiants 7/2 to be promoted

Port Vale, relegated to League Two following an astonishing post-Christmas collapse, are 7/2 to win promotion back to League One at the first time of asking.

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Port Vale's 2023/24 season was remarkable and forgettable in equal measure, culminating in relegation to League Two after a two-year absence.

The remarkable parts included a record-breaking run to the quarter-finals of the League Cup and being second in the table at the back end of September after a 1-0 win over Northampton, a ninth straight match without defeat in all competitions.

That run was all the more eye-catching coming on the back of an astonishing 7-0 opening-day loss at Barnsley.

The forgettable part of last season, however, was the sorry way it ended.

After signing off 2023 by beating Blackpool 3-0, Vale went on a 14-match winless streak which saw them crash down the table and cost Andy Crosby his job as manager and, eventually, David Flitcroft his role as director of football.

And after a quickfire double success over Burton and Bristol Rovers, Vale, by now under Darren Moore's tutelage, went seven more games without a win until the end of season to finish 23rd.

What had promised so much back in the autumn had turned into a disaster and now it's down to the vastly experienced Moore to turn the tables and at 7/2 to go up and 14/1 to win League Two, they are certainly being respected.

Moore and chairperson Carol Shanahan now face the usual summer juggling act of monitoring a tight budget and bringing in new players, while figuring out which players can leave.

There has been enormous interest in 17-year-old striker Baylee Dipepa, a star for England at the European Under-17 Championship. Even Borussia Dortmund, if you believe the reports, have shown interest in the Blythe Bridge-born teenager. South African marksman Ethan Chislett performed well while winger James Plant, just 18, is one for the future. Whether that future is at Vale Park remains to be seen.

Former Portsmouth and Republic of Ireland winger Ronan Curtis has been brought in after starring for AFC Wimbledon on loan during the back half of the season just finished, and Moore will no doubt have plenty of other targets for both permanent and loan signings.

Vale are a well-run club in a football heartland who have been yo-yoing between Leagues One and Two ever since they dropped out of the then First Division (the old second tier) back in 2000.

But a proud history and an established manager offers no guarantees in the basement where an intense promotion battle is guaranteed each year.

Their rivals Crewe, hugely unfancied last season, reached the play-offs while big-hitters like Bradford, Wimbledon and Gillingham didn't even make the top seven. 

That quartet will all fancy their chances of challenging for promotion as will the talked-up National League champions Chesterfield plus the likes of Cheltenham, Fleetwood and Carlisle who were all relegated alongside Vale.

The last time Vale dropped into League Two they finished 20th, avoiding relegation out of the Football League by just a solitary point. They will be hoping there are no such dramas this time round.

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