Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Stevenage will look to melt Leyton’s advantage in the League Two standings when they take on Hartlepool on Matchday 18. The Boro are eyeing their eighth home win of the process, and they are surely capable of beating the Pools in front of home fans. Talented midfielder Saxon Earley could sneak into the starting XI after coming as a substitute in the EFL Cup defeat to Charlton.
The visitors, on the other hand, played out a 2-2 draw with Solihull Moors in their FA Cup opener, with the lower-league side sealing the replay thanks to Joe Sbarra’s late goal. Hartlepool did defeat Grimsby at home in their last league match, but given their poor away record, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of Saturday’s encounter.
Highlighted Player (Jake Taylor):
Jake Taylor is a product of the Reading football academy who plays for Exeter City in the League Two. Taylor spent his youth career at Reading, and he continued wearing the blue and white shirt at senior level.
After scoring two goals in 31 appearances with the Royals in the league, the English footballer spent several seasons on loan at the likes of Aldershot Town, Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Crawley Town, Leyton Orient, and Motherwell. In 2016 Jake Taylor returned to Exeter City, signing a permanent deal with the St James Park outfit.
Despite being born in Ascot, England, on December 1, 1991, Taylor represents Wales on the international stage. He has ten caps with the Wales U21 team, and he made his debut with the Dragons at the senior level in a 2-1 win over Cyprus on October 13, 2014. His primary position is central midfielder.