Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Salford City will be looking to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Colchester when they face Hartlepool in the League Two round 43. The Lions are eager to climb to the playoffs berth, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Pools. Scotland midfielder Stephen Mallan is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Colchester, while there are no fresh injury concerns in the home team.
The Pools, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 2-0 loss to Newport, but they will have a big fish to fry in the midweek clash. Considering that Salford are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the relegation-threatened visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Euan Murray limped off with injury in the last league match, with Taylor Foran likely to step up.
Highlighted Player (Conor McAleny):
Conor McAleny is a product of Everton youth academy, joining the club from Merseyside in 2003 at the age of 11. Despite the fact that his main position is centre-forward, McAleny is used as both second striker and left winger as well. McAleny did spend his youth career at Goodison Park, but it has to be noted that he made no more than two appearances for the Toffees at senior level.
The English attacker, who was born in Whiston on August 12, 1992, made his first-team debut in a 1-0 Premier League loss to Arsenal on December, 2011. Conor McAleny played for the likes of Scunthorpe United, Brentford, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Oxford United before signing a deal with Fleetwood Town.
The right-footed striker spent the second half of the 2018/2019 season on loan at Kilmarnock, scoring 3 goals in 11 appearances for the club in the Scottish Premier League.
Highlighted Team (Salford):
Founded during the Second World War (1940) as Salford Central, the League Two side play their home games at Moor Lane. The stadium, which was opened in 1978 and renovated in 2019, can hold up to 5,108 spectators. The Lions wear red jerseys and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while white and black are the dominant colours of their away kit.
Salford City secured promotion to the League 2 at the end of the 2018/19 as they defeated Flyde 3-0 in the National League play-offs final. The match was played at Wembley Stadium, with Touray, Pergianni, and Dieseruvwe scoring for the Lions.
In the 1977/78 season Salford City won their first Manchester Premier Cup trophy, with the team repeating the success the following year. Bury are seen as the club’s main rivals, but their rivalry with the likes of Oldham and Rochdale is pretty big as well.