Match Preview: Hartlepool Utd


One of the keys aspects of this blog is clean numbers. As we all know there and lies, damn lies, and statistics, but I hope no-one ever feels they’re being short-changed by cheap figures. For example, I could have opened this blog by telling you that despite only winning five points from nine this month Leicester have the second best record in League One for February.

So what blip?

Well, whilst this would be true, it would disguise the more compelling caveat – City have played more games this month than 20 sides in League One.

That said, City’s recent struggles at home have only served to highlight what a fantastic spell the Blue Army enjoyed in November, December and January. Each consecutive month brought 4 wins, one draw and no league defeats.

Key Stats
This is Leicester’s second ever visit to the Victoria Ground, and it looks as if will be their last for quite some time to come. If things play out by the form book, Leicester will be keeping their 100% record at the home of the Monkey Hangers and bagging their fourth straight away win.

It’s been a sorry few weeks for Hartlepool. They’ve not won for six matches in all competitions and have managed only one win in their nine league outings since Christmas.

Leading scorer Joel Porter has 12 league goals to his name this season, but he’s only scored in two of the ‘Pool’s eight league victories.

As mentioned last week, the Victoria Ground is actually the most entertaining place to watch football in League One. Matches here average 3.8 goals a game, by far and away the highest in the division.

On this Day
Tony Cottee cancelled out Niall Quinn’s opener to send Leicester to the 1999 League Cup Final. Cottee’s 54th minute flick meant that City went through 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 victory on Weirside. The night was a double celebration for the Foxes, as on the same evening Leicester City Council approved plans for the proposed new 40,000 all-seater stadium on Bede Island South. Ultimately, matters on and off the pitch that year would prove fruitless. City lost 1-0 to a 93rd minute winner against 10-man Spurs in the League Cup final and the development plans for the new stadium were scrapped.

Selected Odds
Harlepool – 10/3 (SkyBet)
Draw – 13/5 (bet365)
Leicester – 10/11 (totesport)

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