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Preview: Pools v Northampton Town

10 February 2015

We turn our attentions to this evening's Sky Bet League Two game as we welcome Northampton Town to Victoria Park.

Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United v Northampton Town
Tuesday 10th February 2015
Kick-off: 7.45pm

In Opposition
Northampton Town arrive at Victoria Park in a rich vein of form, having won their last five games to push themselves back in to play-off contention in the top half of League Two.

Chris Wilder scooped the January Manager of the Month prize thanks to The Cobblers’ form during the month, and they carried that on with a 2-1 victory over Morecambe at the weekend.

After negotiating their way clear of relegation last term, fans were hoping that Town could mount another promotion push this time around but a poor run at the end of 2014 saw them drop down the table.

However, things turned for them at the start of the New Year and if they can take a good return from away games at Pools and Mansfield Town this week they could be well-placed for an assault on the top seven.

Last Meeting
Tuesday 16th September 2014
Northampton Town 5 (Richards pen 12, 76, Mohamed 20, 35, D’Ath 67)
Hartlepool United 1 (Wyke 1)

Northampton Town: Archer, Alfei, Diamond (Collins 41), Cresswell, Robertson, Hackett (Toney 73), D’Ath, Byrom, Watson, Richards (O’Toole 84), Mohamed.
Subs not used: Snedker, Tozer, Carter, Ravenhill.

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Parnaby (Richards 77), Bates, Harrison, Austin, Franks (Woods 88), Walker, Miller, Compton, Brobbel, Wyke (Harewood 28).
Subs not used: Woodman, Holden, Collins, Jones.

Head To Head
Tonight’s game will be the 65th competitive meeting between the clubs during a head to head record which stretches back to 1953.

Since then, Northampton Town just about have the edge having enjoyed 27 victories to Pools’ 23 while 14 of the contests have ended in draws.

All of the last six meetings between the teams have gone with home advantage – Pools have scored eight without reply in the last three games against The Cobblers at Victoria Park.

Form Guide
Pools: LWLDWL
Northampton: DWWWWW

Team News
Ronnie Moore is waiting on the fitness of Matthew Bates after he was forced off with a dead leg during the game at Portsmouth on Saturday.


Referee
Nigel Miller will referee his fourth Pools game on Tuesday night and be in charge of a Pools game for the first time since a 2-0 defeat to Grimsby Town at The Vic back in October 2009.

Miller was also the man in the middle for our 2-2 League One draw with Leicester City at The Vic in 2008 and our 3-1 home success over Darlington in the League Cup in August 2005.

Tickets
Tickets for Tuesday’s game are on sale now from the Victoria Park Ticket Office and will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.

Click here now for all the information you need on buying tickets for fixtures at Victoria Park.

Live Commentary
Pools Player will be broadcasting full live online commentary of Tuesday’s game with Brian Honour back behind the microphone as our guest summariser.

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

Betting
Pools are rated a 21/10 shot for victory this evening, with Northampton installed as 5/4 favourites and the draw ranked at 12/5 with our partners Sky Bet.

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