Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Hartlepool will be aiming to make amends for a 3-1 loss to Carlisle United when they take on Colchester United at their Victoria Park. The Pools want to escape the danger zone, and they are certainly capable of matching the U’s on home soil. All Mikael Ndjoli, Euan Murray, and Jake Hastie are rated doubtful after the trio was hit by virus.
The visitors, on the other hand, shared the spoils with Salford City on Tuesday evening, with Fiacre Kelleher scoring the equalizing goal. Colchester are seven points clear of the relegation zone, meaning that they would be happy with one point from Saturday’s clash. Tom Dallison limped off with injury in the midweek draw, with aforementioned defender Kelleher likely to step up. It has to be noted that the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first half of the season.
Highlighted Player (Kwesi Appiah ):
Born in Thamesmead, England on August 12, 1990, Kwesi Appiah is a professional footballer who plays for AFC Wimbledon in the League One. Due to his dual citizenship, Appiah is eligible to play for Ghana and he made his debut with the Black Stars in a 2-1 win over South Africa on January 27, 2015.
The pacey forward scored his first goal for the national team in a 3-0 win over Guinea on February 1, 2015. Appiah started his club career at Ebbsfleet United, but the list of clubs he played for is pretty long.
Appiah wore Peterborough United, Weymouth, King’s Lynn, Kettering Town, Brackley Town, Thurrock, Margate, Crystal Palace, Aldershot Town, Yeovil Town, Cambridge United, Notts County, Reading and Viking shirts before signing a permanent deal with AFC Wimbledon in 2017. His main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine performances as both second striker and left winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Colchester):
Founded in 1937, Colchester United are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The U’s welcome their rivals at Colchester Community Stadium, the venue which has the capacity of 10,105 people.
Colchester United are well known for their blue kit, but white is the dominant colour of their away kit. The U’s have an official fans association known as the CUSA. Colchester supporters consider Wycombe Wanderers the club’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalries with Southend United and Ipswich Town are big as well. Colchester United did well to win the FA Trophy in the 1991/92 season, with the team clinching the Essex Senior Cup trophy in the 2009/10 season.
In December 1961 the U’s recorded their biggest win, with the team rolling over Bradford City 9-1 in the Fourth Division. Colchester United repeated the success 44 years later as they hammered Leamington 9-1 in the FA Cup round 1.