Hartlepool v Doncaster preview: Vital League Two clash live on Sky Sports
Last Updated: 07/05/17 7:00am
Hartlepool have defender Liam Donnelly back for their make-or-break survival scrap against promoted Doncaster, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 5.15pm.
Pools go into the season-ending fixture second bottom of League Two, two points off Newport, but are boosted by the Northern Ireland Under-21 international's return from suspension.
Matthew Bates, who heads an interim coaching team, is also hopeful of attacker Nathan Thomas taking part despite a knee problem. Kenton Richardson has missed three games with an injured ankle and is not expected to feature.
Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson is expected to choose from an unchanged squad as his side bid to clinch the title. Rovers must win their last game and hope other results go their way to be crowned champions and Ferguson has no new injury or suspension concerns.
Andy Williams and fellow striker Liam Mandeville (thigh) both stepped off the bench in last week's home defeat to Exeter and could return to the starting line-up. Mathieu Baudry is still out as he is recovering from Achilles surgery so Joe Wright should continue in defence.
Hartlepool have won three of their last five home league games against Doncaster (D2), this after winning just one in the previous five (D1 L3).
Donny have scored exactly once in nine of their last 11 league trips to Hartlepool, scoring four and six on the other two occasions.
Hartlepool haven't tasted victory on the final day of the season since the 2001/02 campaign, beating Exeter 2-0 - they've haven't picked up all three points in any of the 14 seasons since (D9 L5).
If Pools fail to win, they'll be relegated from the Football League for the first time. They were last not in the Football League in 1921.
Doncaster need a win to secure at least second place - they could finish top with a win and if Plymouth lose or draw at Grimsby.
Doncaster's defeat to Exeter allowed Plymouth to sneak ahead and I think this game will be more about what happens at the top of the table than what happens with Hartlepool at the bottom.
Donny will want three points, they will be positive and ultimately I think they will have too much for Hartlepool.
Unfortunately, if you scroll down to my Plymouth prediction, you will see that's not enough to give them the title...
DAVID PRUTTON PREDICTS: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds: 15/2)