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Preview: Accrington Stanley v Pools

21 October 2014

We look ahead to tonight's game against Accrington Stanley with a full in-depth preview of our trip to The Store First Stadium.

Sky Bet League Two
Accrington Stanley v Hartlepool United
Tuesday 21st October 2014
Kick-off: 7.45pm

In Opposition
After a slow start to the new campaign, Accrington burst in to life at the start of September and hit a great run of form which saw them win five out of six.

It was a run which lifted them to eleventh in the League Two table, though defeats to Dagenham & Redbridge and Stevenage in their last two outings have seen them drop to eighteenth.

John Coleman returned for his second spell in charge of the club in September after previously being boss between May 1999 and January 2012 as Stanley re-emerged in to the Football League.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 11th March 2014
Accrington Stanley 0
Hartlepool United 0

Accrington Stanley: Bettinelli, Aldred, Winnard (Atkinson 90), Molyneux, Wilson, Joyce, Hatfield, Gray (Odejayi 81), Windass, Buxton, Webber (Naismith 70).
Subs not used: Dawber, Clark, Mingoia, Bowerman.

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden, Franks, Walton, Walker, Monkhouse, Barmby, James.
Subs not used: Rafferty, Compton, Hakwins, Rodney.

Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be the 70th competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools have enjoyed the better of it historically, winning 34 games to Accrington’s 22.

Pools have won three of the four meetings since Accrington came back in to the Football League and you have to go back to February 1963 for Stanley’s last win in this fixture.

Form Guide
Pools: LDLLWL
Accrington: LWWWLL

Team News
Jack Compton and Stuart Parnaby are both sidelined with knee injuries but other than that Pools have a fully-fit squad to choose from for tonight’s game.


Referee
Andrew Madley will take charge of his fifth Pools’ game this evening, having previously refereed us during a 2-1 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers in March.

The West Yorkshire official is yet to see us win in his four previous games in the middle, overseeing 2-0 defeats at Stevenage (December 2012) and Scunthorpe (August 2011), and a 0-0 draw with Walsall at The Vic last March.

Tickets
Tickets for the game will be available to Pools fans on the turnstiles prior to kick-off at The Store First Stadium.


Live Commentary
Pools Player will be broadcasting full live online commentary on tonight’s game and we’ll be on-air from The Store First Stadium at 7.35pm.

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Betting
Accrington have been installed as 6/5 favourites with Pools priced at 21/10 for the victory and a draw available at odds of 9/4 with Sky Bet.

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