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Match Preview: Hartlepool United vs Portsmouth

Pranay Nair

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Hartlepool United host Portsmouth who have made a long trip to Victoria Park. The Hartlepool side are currently in relegation places and are a place above Carlisle United. Meanwhile, Portsmouth are looking for their second away win of the season. Hartlepool are trying to avoid a hat trick of losses after their away games at Northampton and Plymouth.
Team News are as follows:
For Portsmouth, Nick Awford, Nigel Atangana and Ricky Holmes are hoping to make their comebacks after featuring in the reserve side. Michael Drennan, on loan from Premier League side Aston Villa is on contention to kickstart his second stint.
The injury list consists of defender Ben Chorley (calf) and striker Ryan Taylor (groin) are out for today's game and Tom Craddock (knee), Danny East (groin) and Wes Fogden (knee) remain sidelined.
For Hartlepool,
Striker Charlie Wyke (Head) and defender Michael Duckworth (Hamstring) are both in contention for the hosts and Stuart Parnaby (knee) will miss out.
In the last two meetings at Victoria Park, Pompey have never won, but have drawn 0-0.
 

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