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Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Hartlepool United - Predictions, Team News, Lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s EFL Cup match between Blackburn Rovers and Hartlepool United, including predictions, team news and expected line-ups.

Blackburn Rovers to host Hartlepool United in the EFL Cup The first round is about to build a perfect start to the new season.

While Rovers lead the Championship, Hartlepool have failed to win their first two matches and are now 20th in League Two.

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Blackburn supporters, who had until 21 July to sign their first team this summer, would have been concerned about the prospects of the new campaign.

But victories over Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City may have changed that perception.

It’s still early, but John Dahl Thomason We couldn’t have asked for more from his team, and expectations for Ewood Park are naturally high.

The rover hierarchy will soon Ben Bretton Diazhe will inevitably receive his signature bid before the end of the transfer window.

Nonetheless, a Blackburn acquisition has looked sensible in recent weeks, and alternatives may already have been identified in case the Chile international moves elsewhere.

Hartlepool, by contrast, will be disappointed with results in their first two games as they try to stay out of trouble in League Two.

A 4-0 loss to Walsall at the end of July was devastating, even if there was some argument that it served as a wake-up call ahead of their home game against recently relegated AFC Wimbledon. .

Holding an opponent who started the season with maximum points to a goalless draw should be seen as a positive and Paul Hartley It would quietly convince his team that he was heading in the right direction.

Coincidentally, these two teams locked the horn on 20 July when Blackburn won 1–0 in a pre-season friendly in the North East.

Blackburn Rovers Form (all competitions):

Hartlepool United form (all competitions):

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Tyler Morton in action for Liverpool in November 2021© Reuters

liverpool borrower Tyler Morton He is expected to be among the many Blackburn players brought into the squad for Wednesday’s game.

Jack ValeScoring the only goal in last month’s friendly, he was able to start midway through the attack, but Ashley Phillips A potential nod to the defense as the teenager is drawing interest from Premier League clubs.

bradley duck Set to feature in the midfield alongside Morton or in a more advanced role in place of the new arrivals Sammy Smodics.

Given Saturday’s improvement, Hartley could be significantly less Hartlepool XI changes.

Tom Crawford When Ellis Taylor Both seek opportunities Jack Hamilton You may get a chance in the center of the attack.

Blackburn Rovers starting options:
Pear; Rankin Costello, Phillips, Wharton, Edan. Morton, Duck. Hedges, Smodics, Dolan.veil

Hartlepool United starters:
Kirip; Menaise, Lacy, and Murray. Tamilti, Featherstone, Crawford, Patterson.Cook; Hamilton Hasty

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We say: Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Hartlepool United

With Thomason almost certainly making extensive changes to the Rovers side, Hartlepool will feel the door a little open when it comes to causing surprises. However, the home team must be ranked too high to get relatively comfortable wins.

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