Hartlepool United v Salford City betting tips – Cup dream will be over for City on Tuesday
It will be goodbye to Salford City at the Vic on Tuesday
December 14th, 2015
Salford were fully deserving of their place in the FA Cup third round draw, although their dreams of facing Championship side Derby County hinge on them managing another Football League scalp in the second round replay against Hartlepool.
City eased past Notts County in the first round of the competition and deserved to seal a win against Hartlepool, the side dominating possession throughout the game despite going behind to an eighth minute penalty from Rhys Oates. A Salford goal fifteen minutes later proved to the last of the match and the Victoria Park crowd will see the sides clash for the second time on Tuesday.
To be honest, Hartlepool won’t be brimming with much confidence at the moment, given that their recent 4-0 defeat at Portsmouth has left them floundering dangerously close to the drop zone in 20th position. League matters won’t be helped should they fail to beat promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle the coming weekend, therefore it could be argued that the home side may be somewhat distracted heading into this midweek encounter, although they start as firm favourites to win in ninety minutes at 4/7 with Ladbrokes.
Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore will be having none of it however and he was certainly far from impressed following the final whistle at Salford in the original tie, saying:
“We’ve been so, so lucky. We didn’t turn up in the first half – our only shot was the penalty.
He added, “I could have gone out there and given more than some of them in that first half – honestly.
“In the end we are happy we are still in the hat. But I’m not having that. And believe me, the players know.”
City manager Anthony Johnson was happy with his side’s performance but felt that the outcome was something of a defeat for his men. ”I thought we did enough to win the game,” he said. ” We were superb in the second half. It wasn’t one for the purists but I feel gutted we didn’t win.”
Given that Hartlepool were knocked out of last season’s FA Cup by non-league side Blyth Spartans, we believe that the hosts will be extra determined to avoid what would be an embarrassing cup exit on Tuesday evening, therefore we’re backing a Hartlepool win with both teams scoring, 888sport going 39/5 for such an outcome when you open a new account and take advantage of their treble-odds offer. (Usual price 13/5)