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Preview: Pools v Bournemouth

25 August 2015

We look ahead to this evening's Capital One Cup tie as Premier League Bournemouth visit Victoria Park.

Hartlepool United v Bournemouth
Capital One Cup Second Round
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The Story So Far
It’s been an incredible journey for Bournemouth and their fans over the last few years as the club went from the brink of extinction right to the Premier League.

Eddie Howe has somehow masterminded a charge to the top flight with the South Coast outfit as his fairytale connection with the club continued to produce magical results.

The Cherries haven’t looked out of place in the Premier League so far either; undone by a single goal at Anfield despite a strong performance, they bounced back with a wonderful 4-3 win at West Ham United on Saturday.

Howe’s men have Leicester City and Norwich City coming up in their next two league outings and may view those fixtures as higher priorities than a cup trip to The Vic, but they have a strong squad to choose from and any rotation is unlikely to weaken them significantly.

One To Watch
Bournemouth beat off the competition of a host of Premier League clubs when they agreed a deal to sign highly-rated Tyrone Mings from Ipswich Town.

Eddie Howe broke the club’s transfer record with a bid reported to be around £8million to land the talented full-back who enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season with The Tractor Boys last term.

The 22-year-old has been an unused substitute in each of the first three league games since joining in the summer but he could be pressing his claims for a first start in tonight’s game at The Vic.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Hartlepool United 1 (Baldwin 51)
Bournemouth 2 (McQuoid 28, Grabban pen 63)

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Horwood, Hartley, Humphreys, Walton (Poole 67), Sweeney (Baldwin 5), Franks, Wyke, Howard (Monkhouse 80).
Subs not used: McHugh, Holden, Luscombe, James.

Bournemouth: Jalal, Francis, Seabourne, Daniels (Fogden 89), Elphick, Pugh, Arter, Hughes, O’Kane, McQuoid, Grabban (Tubbs 86).
Subs not used: Allsop, Partington, McDermott, Fletcher, Pitman.

Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be the 47th competitive meeting between the two sides and the first since 2012/13 when the sides last shared a division.

Two of the last three games have finished in draws, and Bournemouth will point to the fact that they’ve not lost at The Vic in their last four visits during which they’ve won one and drawn three.

This is the first time since the 1974/75 campaign that the sides have played each other in the League Cup – and that time it took three replays to separate the sides before Pools finally won 1-0.

Team News
Andrew Boyce is in line to make his full Pools debut in place of the injured Matthew Bates, while Rhys Oates also looks likely to start for the first time since joining in the summer.


Referee
Carl Boyeson will take charge of a Pools game for the 23rd time this evening – and there will be a few fans who will forget his last visit to The Vic in a hurry…

The experienced official was the man in the middle for April’s crucial 2-1 win over Exeter City when Pools completed The Great Escape and secured their Football League survival.

His first-ever appointment at a Pools game came way back in 2003 when he took charge as Mike Newell’s promotion-bound outfit drew 2-2 with Kidderminster Harriers.

He’s refereed four games this season so far – one in the Capital One Cup and then one in each of the three Football League divisions, including Bolton’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the game are just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. They are available now from the Victoria Park Ticket Office while they will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.


Live Commentary
Fans all over the world can listen to live online commentary of Tuesday night’s game on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm.

Click here now for more information on accessing live commentary of every game on Pools PlayerHD.

Betting
Pools are rated a 13/2 shot to win inside ninety minutes this evening, while visitors Bournemouth are 2/5 favourites and it’s priced at 18/5 for the game to go in to extra time.


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