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Pools remain outsiders ahead of Exeter trek
4:14pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
After a tough start to the campaign, Hartlepool have really turned things around of late, losing just one of their last five in all competitions and picking up impressive away victories at Mansfield and Sheffield United in the last week.
Nevertheless, Colin Cooper's troops make the long journey to Exeter as BetVictor's 5/2 outsiders while the Grecians, in decent shape themselves, are Stan James's 11/10 favourites to enhance their promotion prospects with a fifth home success in six attempts.
Bet365 post 5/2 against the stalemate and, as Pools have shared the spoils in three of their five fixtures on the road, that's a price that might prove popular.
Similarly, there could be cash for Ladbrokes's 13/2 about it finishing 1-1 at St James's Park, where any score draw comes in at 7/2 (BetVictor) and it's 9/2 with Skybet for scores to be level as each half comes to a close.
Travelling supporters making the trip can back their team at 11/8 in Stan James's draw no bet market and in the handicap betting, Pools benefit from a goal start given their status as underdogs, at odds of 7/10 courtesy of betway.
The emphatic 4-1 triumph at Mansfield a week ago, could engender optimism amongst, some of whom might wish to take advantage of the hefty prices covering positive outcomes in favour of Cooper's charges.
An away win by a one-goal margin, for example, is a 4/1 shot at bet365, Stan James quote Pools at 10/1 to fire the only goal and it's also 10/1, this time with Winner.com, for Pools to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
Alternatively, BetVictor chalk Cooper's men up at 5/1 to lead at the end of each half and for the ambitious, Paddy Power go 90/1 about a repeat of last Saturday's 4-1 success or William Hill make Pools a 6/1 shot in the handicaps, when kicking off a goal in arrears.
BetVictor offer 31/40 about both teams contributing to the goal tally, which is even money courtesy of bet365 to be at least three.
The first of those is 13/10 (Stan James) to come from a Pools player while more specifically that opener is 8/1 with Skybet to be struck by James Poole and Paddy Power rate Luke James at 9/1 to break the deadlock.
Sunderland appointed Gus Poyet as manager this week but the former Brighton man isn't expected to turns things around at the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats still odds-on at just 4/6 (Stan James) to be relegated.
The Uruguayan is tipped to stick around, Paddy Power pricing him at just 4/11 to still be in charge on the final day of the season.
In the Championship, Middlesbrough's Tony Mowbray was backed into favouritism to be the next manager out of a job but following Boro's 4-1 triumph over Yeovil he has eased to 6/1 with BetVictor, behind Birmingham's Lee Clark (4/1) and Barnsley's David Flitcroft.
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