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Preview: Luton Town v Pools

14 February 2017

We turn our attentions to Tuesday evening's action with a full and in-depth preview of our League Two trip to Kenilworth Road.

Luton Town v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Kick-Off: 7.45pm

In Opposition
After a surprise home defeat to Cheltenham Town at the end of last month, Luton Town have stormed back to form in recent weeks and have now moved up to fourth in the League Two table.

A double from top scorer Danny Hylton helped them come from behind to claim all three points with a 2-1 win over Crawley Town on Saturday and The Hatters are now just three points outside the top three.

Nathan Jones’ men are entering a potentially pivotal period of their campaign, with a trip to leaders Doncaster Rovers next weekend followed up by a home game against second-placed Plymouth Argyle.

That pair of fixtures may add extra emphasis to Tuesday evening’s game against Pools when Town will know that they can move in to an automatic spot if they win and Carlisle United slip up.

Star Man
It’s no shock that Danny Hylton has been a regular on the scoresheet for Luton Town this season after moving to Kenilworth Road from Oxford United during the summer.

The 27-year-old is a proven goal-getter at this level and he is looking for a second successive promotion after helping The U’s in to League One last term.

Hylton missed The Hatter’s trip to the North-East earlier in the season through suspension but he’s hit form in time for the return fixture, scoring three times in his last two outings.

Last Meeting
Pools 1 (Thomas 45)
Luton Town 1 (Sheehan 78)
League Two
Tuesday 27th September 2016

Pools: Carson, Richards, Donnelly, Nsiala, Carroll, Featherstone (s/o 55), Hawkins, Laurent, Thomas (Fewster 87), Amond (Heardman 84), Alessandra (Deverdics 73).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Pollock, Martin, Paynter.

Luton Town: Walton, Potts, Famewo, Sheehan, Gray (Vassell 65), McGeehan, Gilliead (Cook 79), Ruddock-Mpenzu, Lee, Justin, Marriott.
Subs not used: King, O’Donnell, Musonda, Smith, McQuoid.

Head To Head
Tuesday evening’s game will be the 23rd competitive meeting between the two sides and Luton have the edge having won 13 times in comparison to Pools’ 7 victories over the years.

The Hatters have enjoyed a good record against Pools since returning to the EFL, doing the league double over us in both 2014/15 and 2016/17 before the 1-1 draw stopped that run earlier this term.

Pools’ last win over Town was in February 2008 when a double from Richard Barker and goals from Alan Thompson and Joel Porter secured an impressive 4-0 triumph at Victoria Park. 

Referee
John Brooks will take charge of just his second Pools fixture on Tuesday evening when he is the man in the middle for our encounter at Kenilworth Road.

The official’s only other Pools game came back in October when he was on the whistle for our Checkatrade Trophy game against Sunderland at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

His most recent outing came last Tuesday when he oversaw Morecambe’s 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

Live Commentary
Fans all over the world can access live online commentary of Tuesday night’s game by joining Mark Simpson on Pools PlayerHD from 7.35pm.

Click here now for full information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Tickets for the game are now no longer available to Pools fans and there will be none on sale on the night at Kenilworth Road.

Betting
.Sky BetLuton Town have been installed as 4/7 favourites for three points on Tuesday night, with Pools rated 19/4 for the victory and a draw priced at 3/1 with our friends at


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