Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Having eliminated Wycombe in the FA Cup, Hartlepool will be looking to return to winning ways in the League Two as well when they host Forest Green to their Victoria Park on Matchday 17. The Pools are three points behind the playoffs berth, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the clash against the league leaders. Head coach Antony Sweeney should stick to the 5-3-2 formation.
The Green Army, on the other hand, came from behind to share the spoils with Bradford City in their last game before the international break. Teenage attacker Jake Young, who scored the equalizer against the Bantams, is pushing for a start, with Regan Hendry likely to drop to the bench. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Forest Green have been impressive on the travels (5-3-0) this season.
Highlighted Player (Ebou Adams):
After spending his youth career at Orpington and Dartford, Ebou Adams made his debut for the Dartford senior team on April 26, 2014, in a 3-1 loss to Nuneaton Town. Born in Greenwich, England on January 15, 1996, Ebou Adams is a midfielder who played for the likes of Walton Casuals (loan), Norwich City, Braintree Town (loan), Shrewsbury Town (loan), Leyton Orient (loan), and Ebbsfleet Town as well before joining Forest Green Rovers.
He signed a two-year deal with the Green Army on June 18, 2019, making his debut with the club on August 10, 2019, in a 1-1 draw with Walsall. The footballer of Gambian descent debuted for the Gambia national team against Morocco B in November 2017.
His primary position is central midfield, but he is often used as a defensive midfielder. Ebou Adams has dual citizenship (England/Gambia), and he wears the number 14 shirt at Forest Green.
Highlighted Team (Forest Green):
Forest Green are an English club which was founded back in 1889. The Rovers host fellow League Two teams at the New Lawn, the stadium with the capacity of 5,302. Forest Green played their first home league game on October 6, 1889, with the team sharing the spoils with Brimscombe.
Green is the dominant colour of their home kit, and Forest Green footballers wear black shirts and black shorts when playing on the travels. In the 1981/82 season the club won the FA Vase, with the team beating Rainworth Miners Welfare 3-0 in the title game at Wembley Stadium.
It has to noted that town of Nailsworth, where Forest Green are based, is the smallest settlement to ever host a Football League club. In December 2012 the club won a prize for growing a field without using chemicals. cheltenham town are regarded as one of the club’s fiercest rivals.