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Match Preview: Vale visit the Suit Direct

14 April 2022

Fresh from a positive result on the road, Hartlepool United return to home soil as they welcome Port Vale to the Suit Direct Stadium (3pm KO).

The Opposition
Port Vale are currently third in the table, occupying the final automatic play-off place with just five games to play. They've won four of their last five games, defeating Sutton, Barrow, Salford, and Oldham in recent weeks.
Former Poolie Darrell Clarke lead the Valiants, and their side features former Manchester United forward James Wilson and Brad Walker, a midfielder with 123 appearances and 10 goals for Pools.
The History
The sides have met 50 times in the past, with Pools winning 18 times, Vale winning 20 times, and 12 games ending in a draw. Earlier this season, Port Vale won 2-0 at Vale Park after goals from Ben Garrity and Tom Pett.
Current Pools coach Tony Sweeney scored in Pools' last victory over Vale in 2008, while the visitors' manager, Darrell Clarke, bagged in the Hartlepool side that won 5-2 in 2004.
Team News
Friday is likely to come too soon for Luke Molyneux after his injury against Mansfield, though the forward has returned to training and will hope to appear before the end of the season. Otherwise, Pools have a full squad to choose from for this Good Friday clash.
How to Follow
If you're not heading to the Suit Direct Stadium on Friday, you can follow all the action on iFollow. Coverage starts shortly before kick-off with Alex Chandy and Adam Boyd.
The game will be available for live stream and you can purchase your match pass here: 

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