Amidst a busy run of Christmas fixtures, Hartlepool United welcome league leaders Chesterfield to the Suit Direct Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).
Pools come into the fixture off the back of an emphatic victory in the Isuzu FA Trophy. Despite going behind early on, John Askey's side ran out 5-1 winners against City of Liverpool last week. Hartlepool are currently 12th in the National League, eight points off the play-off positions.
Chesterfield are top of the pile in the National League. Seventeen wins from 21 matches sees them on 53 points, eight clear of Bromley in second. Their top scorer this season, Will Grigg, has Football League and international experience, and he'll be one of many dangermen this weekend.
This will be the 97th first-class meeting between the sides, with Pools winning 38 of the previous matches, Chesterfield winning 43 times, and 15 fixtures ending in a draw. Earlier this season, early goals from Mani Dieseruvwe and Anthony Mancini were cancelled out by three Spireite strikes to give the hosts a 3-2 win. The game started a torrid run of injuries and form for Pools, with Mancini going off during the match.
Mitch Hancox will be available for Saturday, having missed last weekend due to being cup tied. Matty Dolan could also make a return after recovering from injury, though Charlie Seaman is still expected to be absent with a stomach problem.
Anthony Mancini returned to full training this week however Saturday will come too soon for the midfielder. Tom Crawford will also miss the fixture after suffering an ankle injury against Bromley. Pools' injury list still features Dan Dodds, Luke Hendrie and Alex Lacey.
Ticketing and How to Follow
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If you're not joining us at the Suit Direct, you can follow the action via National League TV here. Match passes cost £9.50 and grant you access to all streamed fixtures on the given day. Please note that matches at 3pm on a Saturday are not streamed in the UK, so audio-only coverage is available.