In-form Plymouth should be too strong for Hartlepool on Saturday afternoon.
Hartlepool have enjoyed their trips to the south west this season, with come-from-behind victories at Exeter and Yeovil accounting for six of their ten points collected. But Plymouth present an entirely different proposition to the Grecians or the Glovers, as they proved last weekend when making light work of Paul Tisdale’s men in the Devon derby.
Argyle were 2-0 up inside 26 minutes at St James Park and closed the game out in second gear, opening up a two-point gap at the top of the table as they extended their winning streak to seven matches. Having starting the season with three straight defeats playing three different systems, Derek Adams has settled on a 4-2-3-1 and boasts an aggregate score of 14-3 in that formation.
Craig Hignett will be mindful of the hiding his team suffered at this venue on the final day of last season, going down 5-0 against the play-off bound Pilgrims who made seven changes on the day. The Liverpudlian described himself as "ashamed, embarrassed and disgusted" afterwards, bringing a sour after-taste to what had been a positive introduction to management.
Having been granted an increased budget over the summer and landed most of his transfer targets, Hignett will be keen to avoid a repeat collapse and may lean towards damage limitation if Argyle open the scoring. There’s only marginal value in the 10/11 quotes about the home win. The 17/2 available on the Plymouth 2-0 correct score is a better proposition.