Hartlepool United vs Rotherham United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Hartlepool United look to continue their campaign for the Papa John's Trophy on Wednesday against Rotherham United at Victoria Park

The Pools are looking to get closer to some silverware, the last time they were able to win a trophy was winning the play-offs in the National League in the 20/21 season. 

The Millers have been on fire this season in EFL League One as they are currently first with only six losses from 36 matches. Their defence has been their greatest strength as only 21 goals have been conceded. 

Team news

Hartlepool

Graeme Lee has a few options to choose from as he tries to lead his club to the final. Neill Byrne will be available to select after a two-match suspension.

Bryn Morris is cup-tied as he is on loan from Burton Albion

Rotherham

Assistant manager Richie Barker announced that Freddie Ladapo is doubtful as they are waiting on a scan to come back on his quad. 

Rarmani Edmonds-Green's fitness is also questionable as the club said that they will judge him based on his training today.

Predicted lineups

Hartlepool: Killip; Sterry, Liddle, Odusina, Ferguson; Shelton, Featherstone, Crawford; Molyneux, Bogle, Grey

Rotherham: Vickers; Ihiekwe, Wood, MacDonald; Osei-Tutu, Rathbone, Barlaser, Wiles, Ferguson; Kayode, Kelly

Ones to watch

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32-year-old midfielder Nicky Featherstone has been an essential piece of the squad this season with a rating of 7.29.

Even only with one assist this season, he has proven to be a great set-up man with starting a counter-attack or completing a key pass into the final third.

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Goalies at this level are pretty hard to come by, especially a goalkeeper like Josh Vickers. He currently holds a save percentage of 88.1%, the top goalkeeper in League One. 

He also holds the greatest goals against per 90 with only 0.41, almost a 0.3 difference between him and second place (Viktor Johansson of Rotherham as well with 0.74). 

Previous meeting
 

The last match they faced off in was in 2013 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The match ended in a 2-1 victory for the Millers after a great double by Tom Eaves and Kieran Agard

How to watch & kick-off time

Coverage will be available to viewers via iFollow for £10 for both sets of supporters in the UK. 

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