Match Preview: Hartlepool United vs Tranmere Rovers

By Peter Tscherewik

Hartlepool United welcome Tranmere Rovers to Victoria Park for the first time since the two teams met in League Two back in 2015.

Both sides will be desperate to get their form back on track on Tuesday evening, with only three points separating each-other in the league table, sitting in 14th and 15th place.


Team News

Hartlepool United are likely to be without Conor Newton, as he continues to build his fitness levels.

The home side remain without Ryan Donaldson, Jake Cassidy, Keith Watson and Aaron Cunningham who all have long-term injuries.

Micky Mellon admitted on Saturday that there is a chance that Liam Ridehalgh could return to the side for this fixture, although youngster Eddie Clarke was very impressive throughout his debut at the weekend.

Tranmere Rovers will definitely be without Ben Tollitt, James Wallace and Jake Kirby who are all recovering from long-term injuries, while Elliott Rokka continues has returned to light training.


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Hartlepool United have picked up eight points from their last five National League matches, and come into this fixture on the back of a 1-1 draw against Sutton United at the weekend, that according to Scott Loach, ‘feels like a loss’.

Tranmere Rovers have registered seven points from their last five games in the league, and will be hoping to bounce back quickly after falling to a late defeat against Aldershot Town on Saturday. As pressure mounts on Micky Mellon, Rovers could do with a confidence booster on Tuesday night.


Hartlepool United vs Tranmere Rovers: Last Time Out

The last time the two sides faced-off was back in 2015, whilst both teams played in League Two. Tranmere Rovers finished 24th in league table in that season, while Hartlepool United narrowly escaped relegation in 22nd.

Kayode Odejayi opened the scoring for Rovers at Prenton Park after 12 minutes, before the visitors quickly equalised through Scott Fenwick only two minutes later.

Both sides made substitutions after half-time in an attempt to find a winner, but in the end the two teams could not be separated on the day and the points were shared.

Full time: Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Hartlepool United

Author Predictions

Josh Roberts: 2-1

Hartlepool United are unbeaten in their last five games, but all of the games have been low scoring. Tranmere Rovers are really struggling at the moment, with goal-scoring being the main problem. Can see Hartlepool United snatching a late winner unfortunately.

Joel Lampkin: 0-4

The time has come, it really is now or never for Tranmere Rovers – no excuses not to get the job done. With Hartlepool United only once place ahead of them, it should serve as a great incentive to push on and salvage any hopes of a promotion push.

Peter Tscherewik: 1-1

Micky Mellon’s side will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat to Aldershot Town at the weekend. Hartlepool United will be no pushovers and I think it will be a tense encounter that will ultimately end in a draw.

George Williamson: 1-1

Two evenly matched sides will face-off against each other on Tuesday night, as shown by the current league table. Both teams even have an even amount of goals scored for and against, can’t split them on this occasion.

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