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Hartlepool have so far knocked out League One sides Wycombe Wanderers and Lincoln City in the FA Cup this season and are now aiming to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2009.
No team in League Two has picked up more points at home in 2021-22 than the Monkey Hangers, who have lost just three times at Victoria Park this season.
Graeme Lee‘s side progressed to the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy in midweek with a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers; their first win in four matches.
Lee will now challenge his team to make it two cup triumphs over higher division opponents in the space of four days as they host a side 50 places above them.
After Hartlepool’s fringe players put in a strong showing to knock Bolton out of the EFL Trophy in midweek, Graeme Lee has admitted he has a “selection headache” ahead of this tie.
Joe Grey, Olufela Olomola and matchwinner Matty Daly all impressed as Lee also changed system, switching from a 5-3-2 to 4-3-3.
Stoke City loanee Eddie Jones should continue to fill in at right-back due to injuries to Jamie Sterry, Reagan Ogle and Luke Hendrie, while Lee is hopeful that Mark Cullen may return upfront to face his former club.
Neil Critchley has admitted that Blackpool are short on numbers for the trip to Victoria Park, with the situation made worse with two positive Covid-19 cases in the squad this week.
Kevin Stewart, Chris Maxwell, Matty Virtue and Grant Ward remain absent through injury, while it has been confirmed that Sonny Carey is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken metatarsal.
In better news for the Tangerines, Luke Garbutt has returned to training following a non-Covid related illness.
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Hartlepool United possible starting lineup:
Killip; Jones, Byrne, Liddle, Odusina, Ferguson; Featherstone, Shelton, Crawford; Daly; Molyneux
Blackpool possible starting lineup:
Moore; Sterling, Casey, Gretarsson, Mitchell; Dale, Connolly, Mariette, Hamilton; John-Jules, Yates