John Askey has given competitve debuts to three players for this afternoon’s game at Scunthorpe United.
Zak Mills, David Fitzpatrick and Devante Rodney all start for the Carabao Cup first round tie.
Scott Brown is back in the team after missing the friendly with over Rochdale as a precaution because of a groin problem.
Mills and Fitzpatrick are on the right and left of the defence, either side of the regular central defence pairing of Nathan Smith and captain Leon Legge.
Askey is expected to go with a 4-3-3 formation which means Luke Joyce as the holding midfielder with Scott Burgess and Tom Conlon in more advanced roles. The front three are David Worrall, Mark Cullen and Devante Rodney.
Port Vale: Brown, Mills, Legge, Smith, Fitzpatrick, Joyce, Burgess, Conlon, Worrall, Cullen, Rodney.