Hartlepool v Accrington - Tuesday 19:45
Hartlepool were left reeling by a late goal at the Keepmoat on Saturday and though the timing of Liam Mandeville’s winner for Doncaster must have been galling for Craig Hignett’s men, it was one-way traffic for the most part and we shouldn’t view the struggle as the catalyst for an upsurge in their fortunes. Take the 2/1 available on the away win here.
Pools have triumphed only once in eight attempts at Victoria Park, and it’s a sorry sample of visitors that includes four of the bottom six in the current League Two standings and five of the bottom seven in the shot ratio charts. Six of the last nine games in all competitions have ended in defeat and only Morecambe have conceded more goals in the division.
Indeed, it was slack marking that Hignett made the focus of his post-match inquest, so we should at least expect the Teessiders to smarten up defensively but it might come at the price of their attacking fluency. Given that John Coleman’s men are most comfortable playing in the realm of fine margins, the Accrington 1-0 correct score should also be backed at 19/2.Stanley aren’t in great form themselves, winning just one of their last eight. But their cup exploits show they remain a class above their hosts, as do home wins over Doncaster, Portsmouth and Blackpool. Three straight league defeats is Coleman’s worst run since his first transfer window nearly two years ago. Expect him to nip it in the bud.