The Bulls are likely to again see another defensive change with Trent McClenahan coming in for the injured Richard Rose. Karl Broadhurst is a week away from fitness so John McCombe and Dean Beckwith will continue in the middle. Ryan Flynn, Luke Webb, and Sam Gwynne will all be in with a shout for the right side position vacated by Lionel Ainsworth.
Hartlepool will have Andy Monkhouse available for selection after missing most of the month with a knee injury. Gary Liddle and Ben Clark are their own two worries, but neither are far from fitness. Loanee Eddie Nolan has been cleared to play in the Cup by parent club Blackburn, as has Liverpool defender Godwin Antwi - one of three Reds to feature in the tie on loan.
Best odds: Bulls 7/4, Draw 12/5, Hartlepool 13/8. First Scorer: Benjamin 6/1, Barker 13/2, Moore, Guinan, Porter 7/1, Robinson, Mackay 8/1.