With a playoff final berth that could take you into the football league at stake, it is fair to say the stature of this game is pretty damn big. Who will win? Find out with our Stockport vs Hartlepool match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Stockport vs Hartlepool: Playoff Predictions
- Prediction one: Double Chance – Hartlepool or draw @ 10/13
- Prediction two: Over/under goals – Over 2.5 @ 10/11
- Prediction three: Both teams to score – Yes @ 20/23
The odds provided are up to date at the time of publication. Odds are subject to change though and you should always check with your bookmaker before placing any bets. Our recommended bookmaker for this match is Netbet.
- 1 Stockport vs Hartlepool: Playoff Predictions
- 2 Stockport vs Hartlepool: Find the best playoff odds
- 3 A hard fought playoff encounter incoming?
- 4 Stockport vs Hartlepool: A quick rundown of the match
Stockport to struggle
Utilising the double chance might look like the safe option but it's not; Hartlepool are deemed big outsiders in the betting odds and that means we are looking at a punt with some decent value to it. Over the 42 game regular season Stockport only collected one more point than Hartlepool and only took one point out of their two meetings. Stockport are in good form though and they're on an 18 match unbeaten run. The good news for Hartlepool – and this prediction – is that Stockport have drawn three of their last four.
A playoff game with plenty of goals
The over 2.5 goals market is often a tight prediction to make but that's even more the case here with Stockport coming in with a game average of 2.4 across the season and Hartlepool at 2.6. The reason we're backing over is based on more recent form; three of Stockport's last five home games have seen at least three goals whilst Hartlepool have seen their fair share of goals on the road recently; their last five have seen a combined 21 goals. Three of the last five head to heads have come in in excess of two goals as well.
Both sides to have goals to celebrate
Sometimes playoff games can be cagey affairs but the last thing you want at the final whistle is to feel like you left something on the pitch; that's why we're making the prediction that both teams will hit the back of the net in this one. Stockport have seen three of their last four matches end with both teams on the scoresheet, which happens to be their last three at home. As for Hartlepool, three of their last five have ended without a ‘nil' in the score line. The last meeting between the pair, which was in March, ended 1-1 to further evidence this tip.
Stockport vs Hartlepool: Find the best playoff odds
A hard fought playoff encounter incoming?
Stockport arrive in this playoff semi-final as the favourites after they ended the National League season in seriously impressive form. They will know that their route to the final is far from an easy one though with Hartlepool having drawn with them at Edgeley Park and thrashed them at Hartlepool's home ground. There will be a significant goal threat in the match for sure with Stockport duo Alex Reid and John Rooney netting 33 goals between them this season with Hartlepool pair Rhys Oates and Luke Armstrong combining for a not too shabby 28. Whatever team has the sharpest shooters on the day may well win.
Stockport vs Hartlepool: A quick rundown of the match
- Who will the winners face in the final? – One of Torquay and Notts County
- What were the scores when the sides met in the regular season? The match at Stockport ended 1-1 with Hartlepool winning their home match 4-0
- When is kick off? – Midday GMT