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Preview: Barnet v Pools

31 January 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Barnet v Pools

31 January 2020

Barnet v Hartlepool United
National League
Saturday 1st February 2020, 3pm
The Hive

In Opposition

After finishing 12th in their first season back at National League level last term following relegation, Barnet will be hoping they can have a say much further up the table this time around.

A couple of recent fixtures lost to the weather means they're

perhaps lying in a false position right now, a point and two places behind

Pools but with three games in hand.

However, given that Darren Currie's resilient outfit have

not tasted defeat since a 2-1 reverse at high-flying Barrow at the end of November,

they will fancy their chances of a stab at the play-offs.

They have drawn three out of their last four in the National

League but have lost just three times on their own patch this season so Pools

know they will have their work cut out this weekend.

One To Watch

Simeon Akinola is Barnet's top scorer this term having hit the net 14 times in 28 appearances in all competitions for The Bees.

The 27-year-old former Braintree Town forward has hit the

net in each of his last two games so comes in this weekend's encounter against

Pools in good form.

Head To Head

Saturday's game will be the 26th competitive encounter between the sides and Barnet just about have the edge having enjoyed 10 victories in comparison to Pools' 9.

Pools 2-0 triumph at The Vic was their first win over The

Bees since back in 2016, with Barnet having won three out of the previous four

games prior to that.

Our most recent meeting at The Hive was in the closingstages of last season when the sides shared the points in a goalless draw.

Last Meeting

Pools 2 Barnet 0
Saturday 26th October 2019

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching, Featherstone, Mafuta, Holohan (Kennedy 81), Donaldson (Hawkes 89), Kabamba, James (Toure 77).
Subs not used: Cunningham, Muir.

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Santos (Dunne 56), H Taylor, Tutonda, J Taylor (s/o 64), Boucaud (Johnson 70), Wilhete, Elito (Mason-Clark 52), Sweeney, Walker.
Subs not used: Matrevics, Akinola.

On The Whistle

Daniel Middleton will take charge of his second Pools game of the season when he's the man in the middle for our trip to Barnet on Saturday.

He was also the referee for our early-season trip to FC

Halifax Town where we lost 2-0, while he also officiated when we went to The

Shay last term and hosted Gateshead on New Year's Day 2019.

Middleton was last in action in early January when hesent-off two Maidenhead United players in their 1-0 defeat at Harrogate Town.

Live Commentary

Fans all over the world can listen to full live commentary of Saturday's game here on the Official Website – and the coverage is completely FREE!

Join Mark Simpson online from The Hive at 2.50pm to keep

right up to date on the action as Dave Challinor's men return to National

League action against The Bees.

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Tickets for Saturday's game are available in advance online or from Barnet's Away Ticket Office prior to kick-off on the day.

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for Saturday.

Betting Odds

Barnet 12/11
Pools 12/5
Draw 5/2

Click here for a full list of markets and odds ahead of Saturday's game.

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