Hartlepool United - Brentford Betting Preview: Expect a tight affair in the North East

The Bees travel to Victoria Park in the Saturday evening kick off, with our tipster Hugh Wilson predicting few goals and a 15/4 value bet on offer
Despite winning their last two matches, Hartlepool United joined Bury in relegation to League Two last weekend. Neale Cooper's men recorded an impressive 1-0 win away against Tranmere, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from the drop.

The hosts are now playing for pride, which can be a dangerous situation for their opponents, as they will be playing without any pressure on their backs.

Cooper's men are heavy underdogs against high-flying Brentford with Bet365 pricing the home side at 4/1 (5.00) to make it three wins on the spin.

Uwe Rosler’s men are still right in the hunt for automatic promotion. Brentford sit in third position, one place and point behind Bournemouth, and three points behind leaders Doncaster.

With only two games remaining, the Bees will have to hope one of the sides slip up. Rosler’s men unsurprisingly are favorites for this clash given their league standing, with Bet365 pricing them at 7/10 (1.70) to take maximum points. The same firm has the draw at 13/5 (3.60)

One of the reasons Hartlepool are down near the foot of the table has been the lack of goals scored. The Pools have hit the back of the net three times in their last 10 matches.

The Under 2.5 goals market seems to be a fantastic price at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365. This bet would have paid out in Hartlepool’s last five matches, as well as five of Brentford’s last six games away from home.

For those looking for extra value, the first goal scorer market provides some. At the end of February, the Bees signed Bradley Wright-Phillips on loan from Charlton, and the 27-year-old has been in fine form in recent matches, scoring four goals in three games, including breaking the deadlock in two of those matches. The former Southampton striker is 15/4 (4.75) with Bet365 to score first, a bet worth investing in.

Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365
Bradley Wright Phillips to score first at 15/4 (4.75) with bet365

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