We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full, in-depth preview of Saturday's game against Burton Albion at Victoria Park.
Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United v Burton Albion
Saturday 7th March 2015
Promotion-chasing Burton Albion will look to recover from the setback of consecutive defeats when they make the trip to face Pools at Victoria Park this weekend.
The Brewers’ slip in form has allowed Shrewsbury Town to steal top spot in the League Two table and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men will be determined to get back on track on Saturday.
Albion have failed at the play-off hurdle in each of the last two seasons but they look a good bet for automatic promotion this time around, sitting second with a six-point cushion from fourth-placed Luton Town.
Saturday 13th December 2015
Burton Albion 4 (MacDonald 45, 46, Cansdell-Sherriff 65, Beavon 69)
Hartlepool United 0
Burton Albion: McLaughlan, Edwards, Cansdell-Sherriff, Mousinho, Weir (Palmer 82), McCrory, Morris, Lenihan, Beavon (Knowles 72), MacDonald (Harness 77), Blyth.
Subs not used: Matthews, Taft, Sharps, McGurk.
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Richards, Bates, Austin, Holden, Franks, Walker (Green 68), Dolan, Featherstone, Compton (Woods 46), Harewood (Fenwick 63).
Subs not used: Maxted, Lanzoni, Hawkins, Ironside.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be only the fifth-ever competitive meeting with the two sides and The Brewers have enjoyed their recent outings against Pools.
Albion won 4-0 when the teams last met in December and were also 3-0 victors on the previous occasion, with Pools’ only league points against them coming from a 1-1 draw at The Vic in December 2013.
The first-ever meeting between the two sides was in an FA Cup tie back in 2003 when Joel Porter’s first goal for the Club proved decisive – and set up a Third Round tie against Sunderland at The Stadium of Light.
Burton Albion: WDWWLL
Ronnie Moore is without Michael Woods (ankle) and Matthew Bates (leg), while Scott Fenwick (ankle), Tommy Miller (calf) and Stuart Parnaby (knee) are all still sidelined.
Darren Bond will referee a Pools match for the fourth time this weekend when he is the man on the whistle for our encounter with The Brewers.
The Lancashire official was also in charge at The Vic for Colin Cooper’s last game in charge when Pools were beaten 3-0 by Carlisle United.
Bond has also been the man in the middle for our 0-0 draw with Portsmouth at The Vic last season, as well as our 3-1 triumph of AFC Wimbledon on home soil last February.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale now from the Victoria Park Ticket Office and will also be available on the turnstiles prior to kick-off on the day.
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Pools legend Brian Honour will be the co-commentator once again for full live coverage of Saturday’s game online worldwide on Pools Player from 2.50pm.
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Pools are out at 13/5 for three points on Saturday, with the visitors installed as 21/20 favourites and the draw priced at 23/10 right now with our partners Sky Bet.