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Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Pools

22 August 2014

We turn our attentions to Saturday with our in-depth preview of the League Two trip to AFC Wimbledon.

Sky Bet League Two
AFC Wimbledon v Hartlepool United
Saturday 23rd August 2014
Kick-off: 3pm

In Opposition
After avoiding relegation last term, AFC Wimbledon have ambitions to form a push for the play-offs this time around and Neal Ardley’s men have got off to an encouraging start.

The disappointment of defeat to rivals MK Dons in the Capital One Cup has been offset by impressive back-to-back League Two victories away at Luton Town and Southend United.

They now have consecutive home games to try and back up that eye-catching form on their own patch and sustain their early-season momentum.

The arrival of Adebayo Akinfenwa offers obvious physical presence in attack, while his strike partner Matt Tubbs – on loan from Bournemouth – has scored in three of his four outings this term. 

Last Meeting
Tuesday 28th January 2014
AFC Wimbledon 2 (Antwi 74, Hylton 76) Pools 1 (James 44)

AFC Wimbledon: Worner, Fuller (Arthur 68), Antwi, Fenlon, Morris, Jones, S Moore, Pell, Sainte-Luce, Midson (Hylton 45), Sheringham (Wyke 45).
Subs not used: Brown, Bennett, Francomb, L Moore

Pools: Flinders, Austin, Baldwin, Holden, Burgess, Walton, Monkhouse, James, Walker, Harewood (Barmby 74), Williams.
Subs not used: Rafferty, Collins, Franks, Compton, Sweeney, Rodney.

Head To Head
This will be just the third time these two teams have met in competitive action having shared a division for the first time last season.

Results went with home advantage as Pools won 3-1 at The Vic in October thanks to goals from Simon Walton, Luke James and Matty Dolan before losing 2-1 at The Cherry Red Records Stadium in January.

Form Guide
Pools: DLLLLL
Dons: LLDLWW

The Dons are looking for their third consecutive win this weekend to continue their encouraging start to the new League Two campaign.

Team News
Colin Cooper could hand a debut to new signing Charlie Wyke, but Tommy Miller is facing a race to be fit after missing the midweek game against Dagenham & Redbridge with a back injury.


Referee
Brendan Malone will be the man in the middle this weekend, taking charge of only his second Pools game having been the official for our 1-0 defeat at Leyton Orient in October 2012.

The Wiltshire whistler is in his fifth season as a referee having run the line in the Football League for a decade and was in action at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday as they lost 2-0 to Tranmere Rovers.

Tickets
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for Saturday’s game on the turnstiles at AFC Wimbledon.

Click here now for all the information you need if you’re planning to make the trip.

Betting
Pools are 3/1 to bring home all three points, while the hosts are 10/11 favourites and the draw is available at 12/5 with our partners Sky Bet.

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