Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Preston North End vs Hartlepool United EFL Cup Match Preview And Prediction - August 10, 2016


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Preston enjoyed a good season last time around following their promotion to the Championship and will be looking to consolidate themselves in the second tier again this term. They were beaten 1-0 on Reading on the opening day though, which would have been a disappointment given they went unbeaten in pre-season and won 2-1 at the Madejski in their penultimate game of the last campaign.

They’ll be hungry to get back on track here and have a good record in the 1st Round of the League Cup. They’ve not exited at this stage since a surprise defeat to Morecambe in 2007. They made it to the 3rd Round last year seeing off top flight Watford in the 2nd Round before taking Bournemouth to penalties in the 3rd Round.

Hartlepool also exited the competition against the Cherries but they did win their 1st Round game at Fleetwood. They didn’t end last season well though, losing all of their final 4 league games and they got the new season going with a 1-1 draw against Colchester with Billy Paynter grabbing their goal from the penalty spot.

This will be a tough ask for the League Two side though particularly playing away from home. Preston are a well-organised side and pretty solid at the back. Paynter’s penalty is the only goal Hartlepool have scored in their last 8 matches including friendlies and league games at the end of last season and because of that you can’t really see them troubling their Championship opponents.

Preston have won all of the last 7 meetings between the sides to nil. 3 of the last 4 have been 1-0 wins although the sides haven't met since New Year's Day 2013.

Hartlepool have scored just 1 goal in their last 8 matches. Preston conceded less than 1 goal per game on average last season in the Championship.

Preston are likely to rotate a little. Tommy Spurr could make his debut.

Nicky Deverdics could make his full debut for the club in midfield.

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