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The Victoria Ground (ATT 3,595) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

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Luke James: Pushing for a recall

Luke James: Pushing for a recall

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Hartlepool and Burton Albion at Victoria Park.

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper will choose from an unchanged squad for his side's first-ever league meeting with Burton.

Cooper has no new injury or suspension problems following the midweek FA Cup replay defeat at Coventry and is not expected to make too many changes.

Winger Jonathan Franks has started Pools' last two games through the middle, though, and Cooper could be tempted to recall James Poole or leading scorer Luke James.

Full-back Jordan Richards (double hernia) remains sidelined as he recovers from surgery and fellow defender Dan Jones is still out due to an ankle injury.

Adam McGurk is expected to come back into the reckoning for Burton's trip to Hartlepool.

McGurk has missed the last two matches with concussion after the eight-goal forward was knocked unconscious at Fleetwood, but he could go straight back into manager Gary Rowett's starting line-up.

Midfielders Lee Bell (hamstring) and Alex MacDonald (virus) should battle on and keep their places in the side at Victoria Park.

The likes of Zander Diamond, Jimmy Phillips, Dominic Knowles, Marcus Holness, Matty Palmer and Michael Symes are all vying for recalls.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Exeter City 19 30
9 Newport County AFC 18 28
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 19 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12

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