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Preview: Coventry City v Pools

14 March 2013

We bring you the definitive guide to Saturday's League One game against Coventry City at The Ricoh Arena (3pm kick-off).

npower League One 
Coventry City v Hartlepool United 
Saturday 16th March 2013 
Kick-off: 3pm 

The Opposition 
When Coventry City formed the opposition for John Hughes' first game in charge of Pools back at Victoria Park in November, the Sky Blues were sitting close to the relegation zone. 

However, a run of just one defeat between then and the start of the New Year hoisted them in to play-off contention and despite more regular defeats since then, they still lie just six points shy of the top six. 

Financial concerns have formed the backdrop for their campaign, having suffered ongoing problems with ACL (the management company behind their Ricoh Arena home). 

These issues have led to a fresh statement on Thursday in which City Chief Exec Tim Fisher said they were working to find "the best way forward to try to minimise damage to the club". 

Fisher insists they will focus entirely on Saturday's game with Pools and attempt to build on the draw they grabbed with a last-minute equaliser against Colchester United. 

Head To Head 
Saturday will be just the ninth time the two sides have collided in competitive action and only the second time in the league since April 1959. 

On that occasion Pools won 2-1 thanks to goals from Terry MacGregor and Harry Clark though that is one of only three victories over the Sky Blues, the most recent in 2009 when Adam Boyd's extra time goal settled a Ricoh Arena League Cup tie. 

Historically, Coventry have the edge having won five of the previous encounters - none of the eight games have finished in draws. 

Last Meeting 
Saturday 17th November 2012 
Hartlepool United 0 Coventry City 5 

Pools: Flinders, Austin, Humphreys, Collins, Holden, Hartley, Franks, Sweeney, Murray, Poole, Noble. 

Coventry City: Murphy, Christie, Wood, Edjenguele, Adams, Baker, Jennings, Moussa, Bailey, McSheffrey, McGoldrick. 

Team News 
John Hughes has no new injury worries for Saturday's game and he will assess his options prior to the trip to The Ricoh Arena. 


Tickets 
Tickets for the game are on sale from Victoria Park's Ticket Office until 3pm on Friday after which they can be bought on the turnstiles at Coventry prior to kick-off. 

Click here for more information about tickets for Saturday's game. 

Live Coverage 
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