Tom Crawford did not feature for Hartlepool United against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United to make two changes from Walsall defeat in our predicted XI as they host AFC Wimbledon

Hartlepool United will be looking to put their opening day defeat behind them when they return to the Suit Direct Stadium this weekend.

By Joe Ramage
Friday, 5th August 2022, 11:26 am

Pools were heavily beaten at Walsall last week as the Paul Hartley era got off to a disappointing start.

The Saddlers cruised to a 4-0 win at the Poundland Bescot Stadium to leave Hartley ‘shocked’ by the level of performance from his team.

But Pools will be looking to bounce straight back when they host recently relegated AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The Dons are under new management themselves after slipping out of League One last season with former Charlton Athletic manager Johnnie Jackson in charge.

And they began life in League Two with a win over Gillingham at Plough Lane in their season opener.

Hartley handed out eight debuts in his starting XI a week ago and could hand out another this weekend following the arrival of Mohamad Sylla.

And here we predict our starting XI as Pools return to home soil.

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