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Preview: Pools v Stockport County

24 January 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Pools v Stockport County

24 January 2020

Hartlepool United v Stockport County
National League
Saturday 25th January 2020, 3pm
Victoria Park

In Opposition

Stockport County have emerged as strong candidate for the play-offs in their first season back in the fifth tier after winning the National League North title last term.

Jim Gannon's men were always fancied to hold their own back

at a higher level but are now well in the hunt for a return to the Football

League for the first time since 2011.

Indeed, County fans could have been forgiven for beginning

to dream at another automatic promotion when their side put together a great

run of form during December to drive up the table.

However, wins have been harder to come by in recent weeks

and The Hatters arrive at Victoria Park this weekend still searching for their

first triumph of 2020.

One thing that has put a spring in the step of all involved

at Edgeley Park is the confirmation of a takeover by local businessman, Mark

Scott earlier this week which brought to an end months of speculation.

One To Watch

Danny Lloyd is in line to make his second Stockport County debut against Pools this weekend after joining The Hatters on loan from Salford City earlier this week.

The talented winger scored 29 goals in Stockport colours

during the 2016/17 campaign before earning a move to Peterborough United so his

return to Edgeley Park has been met with huge excitement.

The 28-year-old starred against Pools for Salford last

season, scoring in their 3-0 win at The Peninsula Stadium so Dave Challinor's

men will have to ensure they keep him quiet on Saturday.

Head To Head

Pools and Stockport County have a rivalry which stretches back to the 1920s and they have played each other some 132 times in the years since then.

The Hatters have the edge historically with 52 wins to their

name in comparison to Pools' 47 triumphs and it was County who came out on top

2-1 when the sides met at Edgeley Park in October.

This is the first time since 2009/10 that the two clubs have

shared a division so Saturday's game will be Stockport's first visit to The Vic

since Pools' 3-0 win in April 2010, courtesy of goals from Joe Gamble, Andy

Monkhouse and Roy O'Donovan.

Last Meeting

Stockport County 2 Pools 1
Wednesday 9th October 2019

Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Palmer, Keane, Arthur, Turnbull, Thomas (Cowan 65), T Walker (Osborne 81), Leesley, S Walker, Bell (Mulhern 74).
Subs not used: Ormson, Hammill.

Pools: Killip, Richardson (Hawkes 46), Kioso (Holohan 76), Raynes, Kerr, Kitching, Mafuta, Featherstone, Donaldson, James (Kabamba 63), Toure.
Subs not used: Bale, Cunningham.

On The Whistle

Karl Evans returns to Victoria Park for the second time this season on Saturday when he's the referee for our National League meeting with Stockport County.

The experienced official was last at The Vic back in Novemberwhen Boreham Wood were the visitors – not surprisingly, the game finished 2-2.

Evans' most recent appointment was just before Christmaswhen he presided over Chorley's 1-1 draw with Dover Athletic.

Live Commentary

Mark Simpson will be joined by Pools legend Brian Honour for full live online commentary of Saturday's game here on the Official Website.

The duo will be on-air from 2.50pm and our coverage is

completely FREE and available all over the world so if you can't get to The Vic

make sure you join us online!

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Tickets for Saturday's game are available in advance online or from the Club's Ticket Office, while there will also be availability on the day of the game.

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

Betting Odds

Pools 101/100
Stockport 5/2
Draw 12/5

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

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