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Preview: Pools v Carlisle United

3 October 2014

We look ahead to Saturday's game with our full in-depth preview of Carlisle United's visit to Victoria Park.

Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United v Carlisle United
Saturday 4th October 2014
Kick-off: 3pm

In Opposition
Carlisle United arrive at Victoria Park on Saturday sitting at the bottom of the League Two table after a disappointing start to the new campaign.

Following relegation from League One last term, The Cumbrians suffered a winless August, culminating in a 5-0 defeat at Cambridge United which cost boss Graham Kavanagh his job.

Keith Curle was unveiled as the new man in charge a fortnight ago, taking with him former Pools assistant boss Colin West – and the duo celebrated their first win in charge when they defeated Tranmerer Rovers 1-0 at Brunton Park last Saturday.

It was a welcome boost after three straight defeats and they will be hoping that it can prompt a resurgence which will continue at The Vic on Saturday to help them climb away from the foot of the divison.

Last Meeting
Wednesday 26th December 2012
Carlisle United 3 (Collins og 21, Robson 27, Miller 73) Hartlepool United 0

Carlisle United: Gillespie, Simek, Robson, Livesey, Edwards, McGovern, Noble, Thirlwell (Beck 22), Potts, Chantler (McGinty 89), Miller (Todd 84).
Subs not used: Collin, Welsh, Symington, Loy.

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Franks, Sweeney, Monkhouse (Poole 75), Humphreys, Wyke, Howard (James 83).
Subs not used: McHugh, Holden, Walton, Luscombe, Murray.

Head To Head
This weekend will see the 96th competitive meeting between the two sides, with Carlisle enjoying the upper hand historically having won 44 to Pools’ 35 over the years.

The Cumbrians did the double over Pools when they last shared a division in 2012/13, gaining revenge after Pools won both league games in the previous campaign.

Form Guide
Carlisle: WDLLLW

Team News
Colin Cooper is waiting on the fitness of Jack Compton and David Atkinson ahead of Saturday’s game at Victoria Park.

Darren Bond will take charge of his third Pools game this weekend when he is the man in the middle for our game against The Cumbrians.

The Lancashire official last refereed Pools a year ago during our 0-0 draw with Portsmouth at The Vic, while he was also on the whistle for last February’s 3-1 home win over AFC Wimbledon.

Bond refereed Carlisle earlier this season when the Brunton Park outfit were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Derby County.

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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Live Commentary
Brian Honour will join Pools Player for live commentary online from 2.50pm on Saturday so if you can’t get along to the game then let us bring all the action to you.

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Pools are 13/10 favourites for three points on Saturday, with visitors Carlisle just behind at 21/10 and the draw priced at 11/5 with our betting partners Sky Bet.

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