Salford City v Hartlepool Tips | 4th December 2015 | BBC2


IT’S FA Cup second round time and Mark O’Haire (@MarkOHaire) takes a look at the best bets for Salford’s clash with Hartlepool on Friday night.

Salford City v Hartlepool | Friday 19.55 | BBC2

Salford produced one of the shocks of the FA Cup first round when dumping out League Two opposition Notts County at their Moor Lane home in front of the televised cameras. Could lightning strike twice for the Football League as Hartlepool rock up for a second round fixture, live on BBC? Quite possibly.

Despite the 54-place gulf between the two clubs, the Monkey Hangers have a very recent history of embarrassing FA Cup exits on a Friday night on the box. Only last season they were eliminated by non-league opposition, losing 2-1 at home to Blyth Spartans.

That result saw Paul Murray sacked and the rebirth of Pools under Ronnie Moore. But the wily old character hasn’t been enjoying a very profitable 2015/16. After an initial bright start, Hartlepool have faded badly.

Friday’s guests have won just four of their 19 games this season and are League Two’s lowest scorers with just 19. To make matters worse, top goalscorer Billy Paynter is out injured and lively forward Kai Naismith unable to play to due to the terms of his loan.

Hartlepool haven’t reached the third round since 2011 and have lost six of their last eight on the road. Reports suggest a switch to 4-3-3 brought about an improved performance last time out but even then they were only rewarded with a 1-0 reverse at home to Oxford.

Confidence and belief is low amongst the Monkey Hangers group and their Blyth Spartans horror show may still be fresh in their memory. And they won’t be encouraged by the fact a non-league club has beaten League Two opposition in all three Friday night encounters since the start of last season.

Salford City can call upon a full squad and manager Anthony Johnson will look to play on the break once more. The Ammies created plenty against Notts County with former Premier League striker Danny Webber leading the line for the third-placed Evo-Stik Premier side.

I won’t waste oxygen on the ‘Class of 92’ angle – the media will be smothering you in that department – but I do believe the stars are aligning nicely in City’s favour on Friday night and they’re worth supporting at 3/4 with Ladbrokes in the Double Chance market – we’ll be paid out if the home team avoid defeat.

Best Bets

Salford City v Hartlepool – Salford City double chance (3/4 Ladbrokes)

Fancy Winning £100 Off Us?

We’re now offering all players a chance to win £100 cash from us.

Just sign-up with a bookmaker via our site, deposit then email us at

We’ll offer you a cash prize straight away but you can gamble that up to £100 by picking winners.


Back our No-Lose NAP & Get your money back if it DOESN’T win!

There are fewer things Chris Graham enjoys more than the Cheltenham Festival and he’s confidently put up Unowhatimeanharry in the Stayers Hurdle at 3.30.

We’re so confident Chris has again made the right call that we’re offering you the opportunity to pocket a risk-free, no-lose NAP. Just open an account with our Cheltenham partners 10BET via any of the 10BET links on this page.

  • Back Unowhatimeanharry (min £10 stake).
  • If it wins, you’ll pocket a tidy sum. If the bet loses, we’ll cover the cost up to £10.
  • After you open your account email us at [email protected] with your username and stake details of your bet.

> So click here to open your 10Bet account today.

Full T&Cs can be found here.

Current Offers



Get treble the odds on your first bet when you sign-up at 888Sport10/10


Claim up to £200 in bonuses when you join Bet36510/10


Claim a £50 Welcome Bonus when you join Ladbrokes. Use code 'F50'10/10

About Author

Profile photo of Mark O'Haire

After starting his career in newspaper journalism, Mark soon found his way into the online betting world, forging a career in content, social media and marketing production. With a huge passion for stats, the Football League and European football, Mark’s other interests include playing rugby, following his beloved QPR and travel.

Leave A Reply