This is a very important game for both teams. Hartlepool is fighting to avoid relegation, while Northampton is leading a race for promotion. The good news for the hosts is the return of midfielder top scorer Umerah (33/10) and Crawford (11/0). They are winless in the last 6 matches, but this is a chance to take some points against heavily depleted Northampton. The guests have only 2 victories in the last 7 away games, and today many key players like McWilliams (25/3), Fox (22/4), Koiki (22/0), Hylton (20/0), Magloire (18/2), Odimayo (17/0), McGowan (14/0), and Harop (2/0) are out of the team. The last time the hosts lost at home to Northampton was 15 years ago, and in my opinion, Hartlepool has a good chance to take at least a point.