Preview: Chesterfield v Pools

The Proact Stadium, Chesterfield

Chesterfield v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 26th November, 7.45pm
The Proact Stadium

In Opposition

Chesterfield come in to this evening’s game at The Proact Stadium on the back of consecutive National League defeats to Chorley and Harrogate Town.

John Sheridan’s men struggled during the early part of the campaign and didn’t pick up their first win of 2019/20 until their eleventh outing when they overcame Torquay United 1-0 on home turf.

They went on a run of three wins from four as September turned in to October but they didn’t manage to maintain that consistency and have tasted victory just once in their last six in all competitions.

The Spireites currently lie 20th in the National League table and will hope they can pick up form as the campaign moves towards a potentially crucial Christmas schedule.

One To Watch

Mike Fondop has proved an astute signing since Chesterfield boss John Sheridan took the front man to The Proact Stadium during the summer.

The 25-year-old has already scored more National League goals during 2019/20 than he managed last term, firing home his eighth of the campaign during Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Harrogate Town.

Head To Head

Tonight’s game will be the 93rd competitive meeting between the two sides and Chesterfield have the edge historically having won on 42 occasions compared to Pools’ 35 victories.

The last two encounters have finished 1-1, though Pools did get the better of the Derbyshire outfit when they came to The Vic last season thanks to Nicky Featherstone’s goal.

Pools have drawn on their last two visits to The Proact Stadium but they did win there back in 2011 when goals from Paul Murray and James Poole (2) ensured a 3-2 triumph.

Last Meeting

Pools 1 Chesterfield 1
Tuesday 24th September 2019

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Raynes, Richardson, Kitching, Mafuta, Kennedy, Hawkes (Noble 78), Holohan (James 88), Kabamba, Toure.
Subs not used: Cunningham, Crichlow-Noble, Bale.

Chesterfield: Jalal, Yarney, Evans, Hollis, Rowley, Weston, Wedgbury, Wakefield (Mandeville 76), Nepomuceno, Denton, Fondop (Boden 57).
Subs not used: Coddington, Sheridan, McGlashan.

On The Whistle

Martin Woods will take charge of his fourth Pools game tonight when we make the trip to Chesterfield but it will be his first of the current campaign.

The official is in to his second season on the National League’s list of referees and last term he oversaw our 1-1 draws with Aldershot Town and Letyon Orient at Victoria Park.

Woods was also the man in the middle for last season’s 1-0 defeat at Wrexham, during which he showed a red card to Pools skipper Andrew Davies.

Live Commentary

We’ll be providing live online commentary of tonight’s game here on the Official Website – and you can listen in for FREE no matter where you are in the world.

Mark Simpson will be on-air at The Proact Stadium from 7.35pm and he will be joined by former Premier League referee Jeff Winter for full live coverage.

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Buying Tickets

Pools fans can buy online in advance or get their tickets at The Proact Stadium prior to kick-off in this evening’s game.

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Betting Odds

Chesterfield 49/50
Pools 23/9
Draw 12/5

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