We turn our attentions to the weekend with our full in-depth preview of Saturday's game against Wycombe Wanderers.
Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 29th November 2014
Wycombe Wanderers have been one of the success stories of the League Two campaign this season, currently sitting with pride at the summit of the division.
It’s quite a turnaround for the Buckinghamshire outfit given that they only staved off relegation by virtue of goal difference last season after a nerve-jangling final day.
Boss Gareth Ainsworth has cemented his popularity among Chairboys fans by overseeing the impressive transformation which has seen them suffer league defeat just times so far this term.
One of those losses was in their televised clash with promotion rivals Burton Albion a fortnight ago but they responded with typical positivity, thrashing Cheltenham Town 4-1 last time out.
Saturday 8th March 2014
Wycombe Wanderers 2 (Morgan 52, McClure 70)
Hartlepool United 1 (Barmby 42)
Wycombe Wanderers: Ingram, McCoy, Stewart, Johnson, Arnold, Scowen, Bloomfield, Wood, Kretzschmar, Morgan (Craig 89), Cowan-Hall (McClure 9).
Subs not used: Horlock, Pierre, Jeffrey, Kewley-Graham, Kuffour.
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden, Walton (Rodney 87), Walker, Monkhouse, Barmby (Franks 73), Harewood (Sweeney 73), James.
Subs not used: Rafferty, Compton, Hawkins, Poole.
Head To Head
Saturday will be just the eleventh competitive meeting between the two sides after they played each other for the very first time during the 2003/04 campaign.
Since then, it’s Wanderers who have enjoyed the edge in the fixture with the Buckinghamshire outfit triumphing in each of the last five meetings including 2-1 wins in both games last term.
Pools are waiting on the fitness of Michael Duckworth (groin) and Tommy Miller (calf) but Jack Compton and Stuart Parnaby (both knee) are definitely ruled out.
Jeremy Simpson will take charge of his second Pools game of the season this weekend after being on the whistle for our 2-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town at The Vic back in September.
That game against The Shrews is the only one in his fourteen outings so far this season in which he’s issued no cards – in total he’s dished out 54 yellows and six reds to date this term.
The Lancashire official has handled some feisty Pools games in the past too, flashing red at Steve Howard (against Oxford United last September) and Simon Walton (against MK Dons last March).
Tickets for the game are on sale now from the Victoria Park Ticket Office and will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.
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Pools are rated 14/5 for three points on Saturday, while Wycombe are 21/20 favourites and the draw can be backed 23/10 with our betting partners Sky Bet.
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