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Match Previews

Preview: Sutton United v Pools

13 March 2020

Match Previews

Preview: Sutton United v Pools

13 March 2020

Sutton United v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Saturday 14th March 2020, 3pm
Gander Green Lane

In Opposition

Sutton United will still hope they can engineer a winning run which can see them challenge for a place in the National League's top seven despite currently sitting in the bottom half.

The U's are six points adrift of the play-off zone but the

congested nature of the table means that if they can string together a few victories

during the run-in they could yet have a say.

Matt Gray stepped in to the hotseat during the summer

following the departure of long-serving boss Paul Doswell and it proved to be a

tough start for the new man as Sutton won just three of their opening 21 games

in all competitions.

However, they've been among the form sides in the division over

the last five months, have tasted defeat just twice in 2020 so far and have not

lost at home since November.

One To Watch

Harry Beautyman's double in Sutton United's 3-1 win at Victoria Park set the tone for what has been the highest-scoring season of the midfielder's career.

Having been forced to sit out their defeat at Bromley, the

former Peterborough United and Northampton Town schemer returned during The U's

dominant win over Torquay United last time out.

The 27-year-old will be aiming to maintain his excellent form

during the run-in and he's certainly a player Pools will have to keep an eye on

during Saturday's game.

Head To Head

Saturday's game will be only the sixth competitive meeting between the two clubs – and Pools are still searching for their first win over Sutton United.

Three of the previous five encounters have ended all-square

but The U's ran out 3-1 winners when the sides met at The Vic on the opening

day of the current campaign.

Pools had to come from two goals down to clinch a point

during their last visit to Gander Green Lane last March, Mark Kitching and Luke

James on target in the eventual 2-2 draw.

Last Meeting

Pools 1 Sutton United 3
Saturday 3rd August 2019

Pools: Killip, Richardson (Featherstone 70), Kerr, Raynes, Crichlow-Noble (Kitching 80), Mafuta, Noble, Kennedy, Toure (Holohan 83), Kabamba, James.
Subs not used: Cunningham, Bale.

Sutton United: Butler, Bennett, Barden, Goodliffe (Matsuzaka 89), Collins, Bolarinwa (Ajiboye 59),  Davis, Beautyman, Randall-Hurren, Milson, Jarvis (Bugiel 85).
Subs not used: Dudzinski, Dundas.

On The Whistle

Lewis Smith will take charge of his second Pools game of the season when he's the man in the middle for our visit to Sutton United on Saturday.

The official was promoted to the National League's list ofreferees during the summer and has so far presided over 15 games at this level.

Smith was also on the whistle for Pools' trip to Dover Athletic

back in January when the home side's last-gasp goal secured a point in a 1-1

draw at Crabble Athletic Ground.

Live Commentary

Mark Simpson will be on-air as usual from Gander Green Lane on Saturday to bring you full live commentary of Pools' meeting with Sutton United.

You can join him here on the Official Website from 2.50pm –

and remember, our live coverage of every game is completely FREE so if you can't

make the game then make sure you're here with us.

Click here now to access the live online commentary.

Buying Tickets

Tickets for Saturday's segregated game are available in advance online or on the day at Gander Green Lane.

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

Betting Odds

Sutton 8/5
Pools 8/5
Draw 43/20

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

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