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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 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39

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