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Preview: Pools v Stevenage

20 January 2017

We look ahead to Saturday's game with a full and in-depth preview of Stevenage's visit to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

Hartlepool United v Stevenage
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 21st January 2017
Kick-Off: 3pm

In Opposition
Stevenage arrive in the North East this weekend sitting four places and six points above Pools in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Pools will need no reminding that Stevenage can be a handful going forward after the defeat at The Lamex Stadium in September and Darren Sarll’s men are by far the top scorers outside the division’s top seven.

That potency in front of goal has often been undermined by their less impressive defensive record, with stats showing that only the bottom two have conceded more goals so far this season.

Sarll’s commitment to playing attacking football remains strong though and after they “went down swinging” at promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle last weekend, they can be expected to turn up with similar intent against Pools on Saturday.

Star Man
Top scorer Matt Godden gave Stevenage fans a huge boost at the start of last month when he agreed a new two-year contract at The Lamex Stadium.

The 25-year-old has netted a dozen goals so far this term, including a hat-trick in their recent 3-1 win over Newport County and the opener in last week’s 4-2 defeat at Plymouth Argyle.

Signed from Ebbsfleet during the summer, Godden has hit the ground running with Stevenage and has been a core part of their success in front of goal this term.

Last Meeting
Stevenage 6
Pools 1
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 3rd September 2016

Stevenage: Jones, Fox, Franks, Wells (Lee 77), Henry (Kerr 81), Ntlhe, King, Tonge, Walker (Cowans 73), Pett, Godden.
Subs not used: Day, Hunte, Liburd, Hyde.

Hartlepool United: Bartlett, Richards, Magnay, Harrison, Carroll, Featherstone, Woods (Laurent 70), Deverdics (Paynter 56), Thomas, Alessandra, Amond (Fewster 60).
Dudzinski, Martin, Hawkins, Heardman.Subs not used:

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the tenth meeting between the two sides and Pools have yet to taste victory in any of their encounters with the Hertfordshire outfit.

Indeed, Boro have won the last seven consecutive games between the sides, with the best Pools able to muster being two draws in the league back in 2011/12.

Pools’ poor record against Stevenage was underlined back in September when they were beaten 6-1 at The Lamex Stadium so there is certain to be some who want to avenge that defeat this weekend.

Referee
David Webb will make his second visit of the season to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium when he’s the man in charge of Saturday’s clash with Stevenage.

He was also on the whistle when we were beaten 3-1 by Leyton Orient in October, while he’s also presided over our home defeat to Notts County last term and a goalless draw with Yeovil Town in 2013.

Webb’s most recent outing came in the FA Cup earlier this month when he oversaw Rochdale’s 2-0 Third Round win at Barrow.

Live Commentary
Pools PlayerHD will carry live and uninterrupted online commentary of Saturday’s game from 2.50pm with Mark Simpson and Brian Honour.

Fans all over the world can access the live broadcast so if you can’t get along to the game then make sure to join the lads on Pools PlayerHD to keep up to date.

Click here now for more information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Tickets for all areas of the ground for Saturday’s game remain on sale from the Club’s Ticket Office up to kick-off.

Two cash-only Matchday Ticket Offices will be open – one is situated on the Clarence Road side of the Prostate Cancer UK Stand and the other is on the Niramax Stand. These will open at 1.15pm and remain open until kick-off.

Fans wishing to make card purchases of tickets must report to the main Ticket Office.

Click here for full details on buying tickets for this game.

Betting
.Sky BetPools are rated 19/10 for the victory on Saturday with Stevenage installed as 7/5 favourites and the draw priced at 12/5 with our friends at


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