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Preview: Cambridge United v Pools

24 October 2014

We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full in-depth preview of Saturday's game at Cambridge United.

Sky Bet League Two
Cambridge United v Hartlepool United
Saturday 25th October 2014
Kick-off: 3pm


In Opposition
Cambridge United have made a solid start to their first campaign back in the Football League following a nine-year absence and currently lie 15th in the League Two table.

The U’s secured their passage back in to the Football League when they overcame Gateshead 2-1 in the Conference Play-Off Final last term – a season in which they also won the FA Trophy.

A 5-1 win over Carlisle United in August and a 5-0 destruction of Oxford United earlier this month showed how good they can be on their day but they come in to this weekend’s game on the back of a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Cheltenham Town.

However, boss Richard Money is experienced at this level having led Walsall to the League Two title in 2006/07 and will know what it takes to make sure the club continue to make progress.

Last Meeting
Saturday 25th January 2003
Cambridge United 0 Hartlepool United 0

Cambridge United: Brennan, Duncan, Tann, Murray, Nacca (Revell 75), Fleming, Wanless, Guttridge (Bridges 75), Riza, Youngs, Kitson.
Subs not used: Clarke, Scully, Chillingworth.

Hartlepool United: Williams, Barron, Westwood, Lee, Robinson, Clarke, Humphreys, Tinkler, Widdrington, Williams (Boyd 45), Richardson.
Subs not used: Provett, Arnison, Sweeney, Henderson.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 35th competitive meeting between the two sides but the first in over a decade with the clubs not sharing a division since the 2002/03 campaign.

While The U’s have a better record historically, Pools are unbeaten against them in the last five encounters of which they have won two.

Form Guide
Pools: DLLWLL
Cambridge: LLWWDL

Team News
Jack Compton and Stuart Parnaby are both ruled out with knee injuries but Charlie Wyke should recover from a chest infection in time to face The U’s.

Click here now for more team news from both camps ahead of the game.

Referee
Experienced official Patrick Miller will take charge of his seventh Pools game when he’s the man in the middle at Cambridge United.

He last refereed a Pools game back in April 2012 when Freddie Sears late penalty denied us a victory after Antony Sweeney had put the team a goal up at Colchester United.

Prior to that he took charge when Pools also drew 1-1 at Swindon Town, a game in which he showed a red card to midfielder Gary Liddle.

Tickets
Tickets will now only be available to Pools fans on the turnstiles at The Abbey Stadium.

Click here now for all the information you need if you’re planning on making the trip.

Live Commentary
There’ll be full live online commentary on Saturday’s game on Pools Player from 2.50pm so if you can’t get there then let us bring the action to you.

Click here now to sign-up to Pools Player and access the live commentary wherever you are in the world.

Betting
Pools are out at 4/1 to bring home three points this weekend with hosts Cambridge United price as 7/10 favourites and the draw rated 13/5 with Sky Bet.

Remember, everyone who signs-up for Sky Bet as a Pools fan will be directly helping the Club and increase our chances of scooping the Sky Bet Transfer Fund – click here not to join!

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