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Preview: Pools v Eastleigh

7 January 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Pools v Eastleigh

7 January 2020

Hartlepool United v Eastleigh
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 7.45pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

Eastleigh arrive at Victoria Park this evening sitting one point and two places above Pools in the congested middle ground of the National League table.

The Spitfires enjoyed a late charge to the play-offs last

season only to taste defeat at the hands of Salford City in the semi-finals but

they still hold ambitions to reach the top seven once again this term.

Ben Strevens had to cope with the loss of several of his best

performing players during the summer, including top scorer Paul McCallum who

was enticed away by Solihull Moors.

However, an intelligent recruitment plan has seen him build

another strong squad at Silverlake Stadium and hopes remain high that they can

drive their way up the table in similar style to last season.

They have won just once in their last five National League

outings but Strevens will be crossing his fingers that their blank weekend will

have recharged the batteries ahead of tonight's game at The Vic.

One To Watch

Danny Hollands has once again been one of the key players for Eastleigh this season and he will be hoping to make them tick once more tonight when they visit Victoria Park.

The experienced midfielder has been an ever-present in the

heart of The Spitfires' engine room this term and has also weight in with nine goals,

including the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Pools in September.

The former Bournemouth and Portsmouth star will be a crucial

element for Ben Strevens' men as they look to put together a run of form which

will carry them towards the top seven.

Head To Head

Tonight's game will be the sixth competitive meeting between the two sides and Pools are still waiting for their first victory over the Hampshire outfit.

The Spitfires have won three of the previous five encounters

though Pools did take a point from a 1-1 draw when they made the trip to

Silverlake Stadium earlier this season.

Eastleigh won at The Vic during their first visit in September

2017 but the sides shared the spoils on their most recent trip last season when

it finished 1-1.

Last Meeting

Eastleigh 1 Pools 1
Saturday 28th September 2019

Eastleigh: Stryjek, Partington, Green, Atkinson, Seaman (Bearwish 64), Payne, Smart, Miley, Hollands, Williamson (Barnett 60), Barnes (Rendell 76).
Subs not used: Flitney, Scorey.

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Richardson, Cunningham, Kitching, Holohan, Mafuta, Kennedy, Kabamba (James 72), Toure (Muir 82).
Subs not used: Crichlow-Noble, Bale, Hawkes.

On The Whistle

Simon Mather will take charge of his second Pools game of the campaign when he is the man in the middle for tonight's meeting with Eastleigh.

The official is in to his second season on the National

League's list of referees and he presided over Pools' defeat at Stockport County

back in October.

Mather came to The Vic twice last season too, watching us

overcome Maidenhead United 2-1 in August 2018 and also taking charge when we

drew 1-1 with Havant & Waterlooville in December 2018.

Live Commentary

You can once again listen to full live online commentary of tonight's game at The Vic right here on the Official Website from 7.35pm.

Pools legend Brian Honour will be alongside Mark Simpson to

provide full coverage of the action to fans all over the world as Dave Challinor's

men look for three points.

Click here now to access the FREE live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Tickets for the game are available in advance from Victoria Park or online but will also be on sale before kick-off from the Main Ticket Office or from either of our two Matchday Ticket Offices.

Click here now for full information on buying tickets for games at The Vic.

Betting Odds

Pools 34/33
Eastleigh 23/10
Draw 5/2

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

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