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Preview: Plymouth Argyle v Pools

19 September 2014

We turn our attentions to this Saturday's game with our full in-depth preview of the trip to Plymouth Argyle.

Sky Bet League Two
Plymouth Argyle v Hartlepool United
Saturday 20th September 2014
Kick-off: 3pm

In Opposition
The Pilgrims of Plymouth Argyle seem to be on a steadier course these days after several years of financial drama and off-field uncertainty.

Boss John Sheridan was able to overhaul his squad during the summer with Oliver Norburn arriving from Bristol Rovers, Lee Cox joining the club from Swindon Town and former Pools defender Peter Hartley making the move from Stevenage.

A further boost was delivered to Argyle fans in July when last season’s top scorer and Player of the Year Reuben Reid agreed a permanent switch after spending last term on loan at Home Park from Yeovil Town.

Plymouth currently lie tenth in League Two but are only three points above Pools in the table and lost their first home game of the season when they were defeat by Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday.

Last Meeting
Saturday 26th April 2014
Plymouth Argyle 1 (Banton 30) Hartlepool United 1 (Barmby 67)

Plymouth Argyle: Cole, Berry, Blanchard, Trotman, Nelson, Hourihane, Boco (Harvey 73), Young, Banton (Alessandra 50), Gurrieri, Showunmi (Reid 68).
Subs not used: Dawson, Purrington, Blizzard, Thomas.

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Holden, Franks (Poole 60), Oliver, Walker, Monkhouse (Compton 35), Barmby (Richards 81), Harewood.
Subs not used: Rafferty, Rowbotham, Jones, Hawkins.

Head To Head

Form Guide
Pools: LWLWDL
Plymouth: DLWWLL

After two successive victories, Plymouth come in to Saturday’s game on the back of consecutive defeats to Morecambe and Wycombe Wanderers.

Team News
Colin Cooper will make a late decision on Michael Duckworth who is recovering from a hamstring injury but Charlie Wyke is set to miss the trip to Home Park.


Referee
James Linington will take charge of only his third-ever Pools game when he referees our game at Home Park on Saturday.

The Newport official hasn’t overseen a Pools fixture since our 2-0 win at Yeovil Town in August 2010, while he was also on the whistle when we lost 3-1 at Exeter City in October 2009.

So far this season he’s had some feisty affairs to contend with and has shown 29 yellow cards and five reds in his nine fixtures to date.

Tickets
Tickets for the game will be available on the turnstiles at Home Park prior to kick-off on Saturday afternoon.

Click here now for all the information you need if you’re planning on travelling to the game.

Live Commentary
Pools Player will be providing live commentary online from 2.50pm so if you can’t make it to Home Park then let us bring the action to you!

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Betting
Plymouth are 4/5 favourites for three points this weekend, while Pools can be backed at 7/2 and the draw is available at a price of 5/2 with Sky Bet.

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