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Preview: Cambridge United v Pools

14 March 2017

We turn our attentions to Tuesday's action with a full and in-depth preview of our League Two trip to The Abbey Stadium.

Cambridge United v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Kick-Off: 7.45pm

In Opposition
Cambridge United bounced back in to top form at the weekend when they won in eye-catching style at Carlisle United to move within range of the top seven once more.

The U’s were in the final play-off spot at the turn of the year when they thumped Notts County 4-0 but a run of six games without a win saw them fall off the pace.

Back-to-back victories over Newport County and Barnet at the end of last month injected new hope in to their campaign and they’ve now tasted defeat just once in their last six outings.

Star Man
Luke Berry has now found the net an impressive 17 times this season for The U’s after returning to the club in 2015 following a season away at Barnsley.

The 24-year-old came through the ranks at Cambridge and his form earned him a move to The Tykes but he was back at The Abbey Stadium after a year in Yorkshire.

And he’s hit the ground running during his second spell, finding the net with regularity and earlier this season claiming a four-goal haul when United thumped Coventry City 4-0 in the FA Cup.

Last Meeting
Pools 0
Cambridge United 5 (Dunne 51, Berry 62, Legge 66, Ikpeazu 70, Clark 88)
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 10th December 2016

Pools: Carson, Donnelly, Nsiala (Oates 71), Bates, Martin, Featherstone (Woods 81), Deverdics (Alessandra 59), Hawkins, Laurent, Amond, Paynter.
Subs not used: Bartlett, Carroll, Harrison, Walker.

Cambridge United: Norris, Taylor, Roberts, Legge, Dunne, Mingoia (Williamson 82), Berry, Newton (Clark 72), Halliday, Maris (Dunk 46), Ikpeazu.
Subs not used: Gregory, Adams, Dallison.

Head To Head
Tuesday evening’s game will be the 40th competitive encounter between the two clubs in a record which stretches right back to a first meeting in September 1970.

The U’s have the edge historically having enjoyed 19 victories in comparison to Pools’ seven triumphs and they ran out 5-0 victors when the sides met at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium in December.

Pools’ last win in Cambridge came back in August 1998 when late goals from Steve Howard and Graeme Lee earned a 2-1 victory at The Abbey Stadium.

Referee
Mark Brown will take charge of his eighth Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man in the middle for our visit to Cambridge United.

The most recent occasion he oversaw a Pools fixture was last January when he was on the whistle for our 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at The Vic.

He’s not brought us too much luck other than that, though – the only other time he’s seen us win was when we defeated Peterborough United 2-0 in October 2010.

Brown’s most recent outing came on Saturday when he oversaw Yeovil Town’s 3-1 win over Morecambe at The Globe Arena.

Live Commentary
Pools PlayerHD will once again be providing full live online commentary of Tuesday’s game at Cambridge United from 7.35pm.

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
Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets for the game prior to kick-off at Cambridge from their Ticket Office or from the cash turnstiles.


Betting
Pools are rated a 19/5 shot for three points on Tuesday night, with hosts Cambridge United installed as 7/10 favourites and the draw priced at 11/4 with our friends at Sky Bet.


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