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Preview: Pools v Wycombe Wanderers

Posted: Fri 17 Mar 2017
Author: HUFC
Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers

Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers

We turn our attention to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's game against Wycombe Wanderers.

Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 18th March 2017
Kick-Off: 3pm

In Opposition
Wycombe Wanderers arrive at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium on Saturday hoping they can continue to move back towards their best form after a terrible wobble in results.

The Chairboys made national headlines when they gave Spurs a real scare in the FA Cup at White Hart Lane at the end of January, eventually losing 4-3 to the Premier League giants.

However, their League Two form nose-dived immediately afterwards and a run of six defeats from the following seven outings saw them drop out of the top seven.

They have rallied in recent weeks and are currently unbeaten in four – a run which has seen them move back within five points of the play-off picture once more.

Star Man
Adebayo Akinfenwa stands out for Wycombe Wanderers for more reasons than one – and he certainly caught the attention during February when he went on a scoring spree.

While Gareth Ainsworth’s men struggled for form, the powerhouse forward had no such trouble and rattled in six goals during the month to take his tally for the season up to 16 in all competitions.

The much-travelled front man is now 34 but his threat is seemingly showing no sign of subsiding and Dave Jones will know that his team must keep tabs on ‘The Beast’ this weekend.

Last Meeting
Wycombe Wanderers 2 (Kashket 23, 80)
Pools 0
Saturday 26th November 2017
Sky Bet League Two

Wycombe Wanderers: Blackman, Jacobson, Stewart, Pierre, Harriman, Bloomfield (Thompson 82), O’Nien, Kashket, Gape, Hayes (Wood 73), Akinfenwa (Bean 82).
Subs not used: Richardson, Jombati, De Havilland, Freeman.

Pools: Carson, Hawkins (Woods 63), Nsiala, Harrison, Bates, Martin, Featherstone, Deverdics (Paynter 67), Laurent, Amond, Alessandra (Oates 85).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Carroll, Jones, Richards.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be just the 16th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Wanderers have the edge historically having won nine times in comparison to Pools’ four triumphs.

The Chairboys have had the better of it in the most recent years; Pools’ 1-0 win last January ended a run of eight successive wins for The Chairboys in this fixture.

There have only been two draws previously – and never a goalless one – but Pools will hope to get one over on a club this weekend who typically enjoy their meetings with us.

Referee
David Webb is back for a third time to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium this weekend when he takes charge of our encounter with Wycombe Wanderers.

The official was also on the whistle for our 2-0 win over Stevenage in January, while he was also our guest when Leyton Orient won 3-1 here back in October.

Webb’s most recent appointment came at Glanford Park in midweek when he was the man in the middle for Scunthorpe United’s 2-1 win over Rochdale.

Live Commentary
Pools star Trevor Carson will be alongside Mark Simpson for full live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 2.50pm.

Fans all over the world can access the live broadcast so if you can’t get along to the game then make sure to join the lads on Pools PlayerHD to keep up to date.


Tickets
Tickets for all areas of the ground for Saturday’s game remain on sale from the Club’s Ticket Office up to kick-off.

Two cash-only Matchday Ticket Offices will be open – one is situated on the Clarence Road side of the Prostate Cancer UK Stand and the other is on the Niramax Stand. These will open at 1.15pm and remain open until kick-off.

Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.


Betting
Pools are rated a 23/10 shot for the three points on Saturday, while visitors Wycombe are 6/5 favourites for a win and the draw is priced at 9/4 with our friends at Sky Bet.