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Preview: Pools v Plymouth Argyle

30 January 2015

We turn our attentions to Saturday as we bring you a full, in-depth preview of the game against Plymouth Argyle at Victoria Park.

Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United v Plymouth Argyle
Saturday 31st January 2015
Kick-off: 3pm

In Opposition
Pools return to home soil for the first time in three weeks on Saturday when they host promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle at Victoria Park.

John Sheridan’s side emerged as candidates for a return to League One during October and in to November when they hit a hot run of form which hoisted them in to contention.

However, they have dropped out of the play-off positions in recent weeks on the back of six games without a win though they could be back knocking on the door of the top seven with a victory at the weekend.

The Pilgrims have always been good value for money on their travels this term – only leaders Wycombe Wanderers have scored more goals on the road, but Argyle have also conceded more away from home than any of the sides in the top half.

Last Meeting
Saturday 20th September 2014
Plymouth Argyle 2 (Morgan 14, Thomas 77)
Hartlepool United 0

Plymouth Argyle: McCormick, Mellor, Purrington, Nelson, O’Connor, Hartley (McHugh 56), Cox, Blizzard, Alessandra, Reid (Thomas 46), Morgan (Harvey 87).
Subs not used: Bittner, Norburn, Allen, Bentley.

Hartlepool United: Flinders, Richards, Bates, Harrison, Austin, Franks (Woods 65), Walker, Miller, Compton, Brobbel (Holden 77), Harewood.
Subs not used: Woodman, Collins, Jones, Hawkins, Duckworth.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 24th time the two teams have met in competitive action and the record in the previous 23 is very balanced.

Both Pools and The Pilgrims have enjoyed eight victories each with the other seven fixtures ending all-square.

Argyle won the game between the two sides earlier in the season but prior to that Pools had enjoyed a good run against the Home Park outfit, winning three of the previous four meetings.

Form Guide
Pools: DLLWLD
Plymouth: LLDDLD

Team News
Ronnie Moore is sweating on the fitness of Scott Fenwick after the striker injured his shoulder at Tranmere Rovers last weekend and a late decision is expected to be made about his inclusion.


Referee
Chris Kavanagh will take charge of his first-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our encounter with Plymouth Argyle.

The Lancashire whistler has stepped up from the Conference this term and has so far refereed 18 games this season across the three Football League divisions and in the FA Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

His last outing was at MK Dons last weekend when he was in charge for their 2-0 win over Barnsley at stadium:mk.

Tickets
Tickets are on sale now from Victoria Park for Saturday’s game against The Pilgrims so why not come along and support the lads this weekend?

Click here now for all the information you need on buying tickets for this fixture.

Live Commentary
Pools Player will be broadcasting full live online commentary of Saturday’s game from 2.50pm so if you can’t get to the game then let us bring the action to you!

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 12/5 shot for three points this weekend, while visitors Argyle have been installed as 6/5 favourites and you can back the draw at odds of 11/5 with Sky Bet.


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