Port Vale: Bradford City cup runs could aid our cause, says Mark Grew
MARK Grew believes Bradford's cup exploits could play into Port Vale's hands if the sides meet on Saturday.
The table-topping Valiants' sole focus for the remainder of the season is to cement their spot in the automatic promotion places in League Two.
But, weather permitting, the Bantams will come to Burslem juggling their league fixtures with cup commitments after enjoying fine runs in two knockout competitions.
Phil Parkinson's side have been the headline-makers in the Capital One Cup this season.
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They boast a 3-1 lead over Premier League Aston Villa heading into next week's semi-final second leg, having already dumped out top-flight duo Wigan and Arsenal.
And their run in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy only came to an end on Tuesday when they lost 4-1 at Crewe.
However, Parkinson made eight changes to his usual line-up for the Gresty Road defeat, and Grew says Bradford's heavy schedule could have a detrimental affect.
"The cup runs have been great for them, but they've played an awful lot of games," said Vale's assistant manager.
"Whether that will catch up with them I don't know, but promotion will be Phil's priority so I can't see him playing us with a weakened side."
Bradford's cup success certainly appears to have hurt their league form. They have won just one of their last six matches in League Two, which has seen them slip out of the play-off zone on goal difference to ninth, although they remain only five points shy of the top three.
Vale ground staff are working around the clock to help the game beat the weather. The Vale Park pitch is under frost covers which can protect the surface down to minus 4C, but temperatures are predicted to remain below freezing all week.