Soton v Hartlepool preview

Team news for Monday afternoon's League One clash between Southampton and Hartlepool at St Mary's.

Last Updated: 24/04/11 at 16:03   

Harding: Could return for Saints

Harding: Could return for Saints

Dan Harding has a chance of being fit for Southampton.

The left-back has been nursing a groin problem but could return to the squad after he was close to being included against Brighton on Saturday.

Winger Alex Chamberlain is unlikely to recover from an ankle injury in time, while Lee Barnard will remain on the sidelines.

The 16-goal striker was taken to hospital with an ankle injury during the victory over Bristol Rovers and could struggle to play again this season.

Adam Lallana has been struggling with a groin tear lately but came on as a half-time substitute during the win over newly-crowned champions Brighton and could be restored to the starting line-up.

First-team coach Mick Wadsworth is set to again ring the changes for Hartlepool.

Wadsworth opted to hand three players - Darren Holden, Andy Rafferty and Josh Rafferty - debuts in Friday's 1-1 draw with Tranmere.

But, despite the trio impressing, they are unlikely to line-up at St Mary's, much like striker Michael Mackay who was handed his first start of the campaign against Rovers.

That could pave the way for Scott Flinders, Steve Haslam, Evan Horwood and Ritchie Humphreys to come back into the starting line-up.

Right-back Neil Austin and striker James Brown have lined up for the reserves recently, but this game is likely to come too soon.

Pools are currently 14th in League One and, with safety assured, are already building towards next season.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
20:00
Port Vale v Sheff Utd  
Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
Coventry v Wolves  
Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

Footer 365

World Cup: Stewart Downing backs Andy Carroll to make England's squad

Stewart Downing has backed his West Ham United team-mate Andy Carroll to be named in England's World Cup squad.

Premier League: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge eyes Chelsea return

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has confirmed that he is hoping to feature against Chelsea this weekend.

Champions League: Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich have plenty of reason for optimism

Arjen Robben believes Bayern Munich have plenty of reason for optimism despite suffering a 1-0 defeat at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

Of Course People Remember How You Won

Some have said that it doesn't matter how Chelsea played as long as they won, but is that true? Plus, we've found the one chap who enjoyed Tuesday's game...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property