Former Sunderland striker Darren Bent set to face Pools

Darren Bent is set for a Derby run-out at Hartlepool in the FA Cup
Darren Bent is set for a Derby run-out at Hartlepool in the FA Cup
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Hartlepool United look set to face a £50million strikeforce on Saturday when Derby County come to Victoria Park in the FA Cup.

Derby boss Paul Clement is weighing up changes to his Championship promotion favourites following a hectic festive period of three matches inside eight days.

It will mean Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann are likely to come into his starting XI for the third round tie.

Bent has piled up the goals in his career, including 32 in 58 appearances for Sunderland, plus four in an England jersey, not to mention £47million in transfer fees.

The 32-year-old did not leave the bench in Derby’s 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday, but is likely to lead the attack at the Vic with skipper Chris Martin getting a breather.

Another former Aston Villa attacker, Weimann, came on for the final 15 minutes at the Riverside and the Austrian is also a probable starter against Pools.

Fellow subs Chris Baird, Alex Pearce and Ryan Shotton are also candidates to start as is Derby’s Hartlepool-born keeper Jono Mitchell.