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Preview: Plymouth Argyle v Pools

25 April 2014

We preview this Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park (3pm kick-off).

Plymouth v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 26th April 2014, 3pm
Home Park

The Opposition
There have been some trying times for Plymouth Argyle fans over the years, supporting a club who as recently as 2009/10 were playing their football in the Championship.

Financial problems have hit the Club in recent years and after coming perilously close to going out of business in 2011, they were brought out of administration by local businessman James Brent.

After a struggle at the start of the current campaign, John Sheridan’s men came in to form at the end of October and a run of four wins from five during February lifted hopes of snatching a play-off place.

However, five losses in their last six outings put paid to those chances – though at least this season can now end without the tension of last term when Argyle avoided relegation by just one point. 

Last Meeting
It was back in October when Plymouth made the long trip to Victoria Park but they left empty-handed after a typically dramatic encounter with Pools.

When Jack Compton was sent-off for a lunge inside the first half hour it looked like the visitors were favourites to go on and take the points but Colin Cooper’s men produced a performance high on guts and determination.

And then, ten minutes in to the second half, they combined those elements with a touch of class when Luke James stormed clear of the Argyle defence and slotted home a wonderful goal.

Pools had plenty of defending to do to ensure that James’ goal was the winner but they got through it, helped in no short measure by a vociferous Victoria Park crowd.

Head To Head

Team News
Luke James is unavailable due to an ankle injury while Simon Walton misses the game against his former club due to the start of a four-game suspension.

Fans can buy their tickets direct from Plymouth Argyle prior to kick-off on the day of the game.

Click here for more ticket information for this fixture.

Live Commentary
There’ll be full live commentary of Saturday’s game on Pools Player from 2.50pm so fans all over the world can keep right up to date with the action.

Click here now for more information on signing-up to Pools Player.

Pools are a 21/10 shot to bring home all the points from Plymouth, while Jonathan Franks is priced at 7/1 to score the first goal in Saturday’s game.

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