Sunderland started last season in League One but they impressively sealed a return to the Championship via playoffs.
Hartlepool United and Sunderland will be facing each other in their final pre-season game on Monday. The upcoming contest will see two sides participating in different divisions going up against one another, hoping to end their pre-season on a positive note. Sunderland will be eager to make the most of their return to the Championship in the upcoming season, while Hartlepool will be looking to improve their position in the League Two table. With their domestic season just a week away from commencing, the upcoming clash will be the last opportunity for both sides to get their strategies in order.
|Hartlepool United vs Sunderland||Key details|
|Kickoff time in India||11:30 pm (Monday)|
|Kickoff time in England||7 pm (Monday)|
Sunderland started last season in League One but they impressively sealed a return to the Championship via playoffs. They finished fifth in the table by getting 84 points from 46 games last season in League One. Then they registered a 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in the playoffs final to return to the Championship. Meanwhile, Hartlepool United could only manage a 17th place finish after gathering 54 points from 46 games in League Two. Both sides have had a mixed pre-season till now and had their ups and downs. Hence, they will be looking to end their final warm-up game on a positive note.
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With their respective domestic seasons just around the corner, both managers will have an eye on their league opener. Hence, a lot of rotation can be expected to be seen from their starting lineups. More than the result, the priority for both sides would be to come out of this fixture without any injury concerns. There are question marks over the participation of Carl Winchester and Leon Dajaku for Sunderland. On the other hand, it will be interesting to see if Hartlepool United’s new signing Mikael Ndjoli will be available for them.
The pre-season friendly match between Hartlepool United and Sunderland will take place on Monday at 11:30 pm IST.
The pre-season friendly match between Hartlepool United and Sunderland will be live streamed at the club’s official streaming platform, SAFSee. For further information, check out the club’s official website.