We turn our focus to the weekend action with a full and in-depth preview of Saturday's League Two visit to Plymouth Argyle.
Plymouth Argyle v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 24th September 2016
Plymouth Argyle have stormed to the top of the League Two table on the back of an excellent run of form and they’ve now won seven consecutive games in all competitions.
It’s a hot streak which seemed a million miles away after Derek Adams’ side lost their first three outings of the season, including a 3-0 home defeat to Luton Town on the opening day.
However, The Pilgrims have rallied in spectacular fashion and went top of the table after beating Cambridge United 2-1 before consolidating that position by taking glory in the Devon Derby with a 2-0 win at Exeter City.
Graham Carey has come to the fore during Argyle’s winning sequence and is in red-hot form having scored four goals already this season, including one in each of the last two games.
The attacking midfielder began his career with Celtic but has proved an inspired signing for Plymouth since following boss Derek Adams on the 654-mile switch from Ross County last summer.
Blessed with great vision and dribbling ability, Carey has been utilised in wide areas in recent weeks rather than through the middle but, wherever he plays on Saturday, Pools will need to keep tabs on him.
Plymouth Argyle 5 (Harvey 6, 25, Rooney 58, 83, Nelson 61)
Hartlepool United 0
Saturday 7th May 2016
Plymouth Argyle: Dorel, Mellor, Sawyer, Nelson (Bentley 66), Purrington, Wylde (Matt 85), Boateng (Carey 78), Tanner, Forster, Harvey, Rooney.
Subs not used: McCormick, Jervis.
Pools: Carson, Magnay (Richards 46), D Jones, Jackson, R Jones (Gray 46), Thomas (Walker 71), Woods, Featherstone, Hawkins, Paynter, James.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Laurent, Bingham, Oates.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 27th competitive meeting between the two sides and Plymouth Argyle have the edge having won on ten occasions in comparison to Pools’ nine over the years.
The Pilgrims completed a League Two double over Pools with their emphatic 5-0 victory at Home Park in May on the back of a 2-1 win at The Vic just before Christmas.
Pools picked up a point at Home Park on the final day of 2013/14, while their last victory on Argyle’s turf was in October 2010 when Leon McSweeney’s last-minute wonder-goal separated the sides.
Gavin Ward will take charge of his ninth Pools fixture this weekend when he’s the man on the whistle for our trip to Plymouth Argyle.
He was last on the whistle for a Pools game when we travelled to Salford City for our 1-1 draw at Moor Lane last December, while he also oversaw our 4-0 defeat Burton Albion twelve months previously.
His latest outing came last Saturday when he was in charge for Crawley Town’s 2-0 home win over Luton Town in League Two.
Pools PlayerHD will be providing full live commentary on Saturday’s game so if you can’t make it along to Home Park then join us for coverage.
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Tickets for this weekend’s game will be available to Pools fans on the day at Home Park but you can order in advance if you’d prefer by calling Argyle’s Ticket Office on 10752 907 700.
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Sky Bet have made Plymouth Argyle big 17/20 favourites for the three points, while you can get odds of 16/5 on Pools taking the win and the draw is priced at 13/5 at the moment.