Orient come into the fixture on the back of four draws. Stalemates with Stevenage and Walsall sit alongside 1-1 draws with Barrow and Forest Green, leaving the Londoners in 10th place, just three points behind Dave Challinor’s side.
The experienced Kenny Jackett is the man in charge at The Breyer Group Stadium, and the Orient side features Premier League and Championship experience in skipper Darren Pratley, Jackett’s first signing as Orient boss.
This will be the 53rd meeting between the sides, and the past results being incredibly close. Pools have won 21 of the previous matches, Orient have won 20, and 11 games have ended in a draw. Most recently, a 1-1 draw was played out between the sides in 2019. Jobi McAnuff’s opener was cancelled out by a Nicke Kabamba strike on the stroke of half-time, securing a point for Craig Hignett’s side.
Jamie Sterry was taken off as a precaution against Harrogate last week, though the excellent performance of Reagan Ogle is sure to give Dave Challinor a selection headache. Similarly, Gary Liddle’s return gives the manager a dilemma after strong performances by Neill Byrne and Luke Hendrie in the veteran’s absence. Olomola, Burey, and Angol are all likely to be unavailable again, while Mark Cullen will be hoping for another chance to add to his impressive scoring run.
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