Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Memorial Park will host Saturday’s football game between Bristol Rovers and Hartlepool, the two teams who are almost level on points in the League Two standings. Bristol Rovers did well to beat Rochdale 4-2 in their last league match, and following their FA Cup elimination, the Pirates will be fully focused on the League Two in the remainder of the season. Experienced attacker Brett Pitman is pushing for a start after he was rested in the FA Cup defeat.
The Pools, on the other hand, aim to build on the FA Cup win over Blackpool. Hartlepool aim to keep their League Two playoffs hopes alive as well, and, taking everything into account, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on both teams to score. Midfielder Jordan Cook is sidelined with injury for the visiting team, while teenage forward Joe Grey is pushing for a rare start after finding the net in the FA Cup triumph.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.