After almost two months after the Wembley heartbreak, City return to League Two action off of a pretty successful pre-season. The summer break saw the Grecians win five games and draw one.
A new era under Matt Taylor begins tomorrow with all the new signings starting to settle in nicely.
With that being said, we take a look at the potential starting XI and any injury doubts going into the game.
City go into the game with several injuries. There was also doubts over striker Johnathan Forte, who was substituted in the final pre-season friendly with a suspected broken hand. However, the results have come back and confirmed the injury isn’t as bad as first thought and is just badly bruised. He has trained all week as normal.
Another doubt for the game was Jayden Stockley. This time not through injury but because his partner was due to give birth tomorrow. Thankfully for Jayden, his family, and all Exeter fans the child was born early, making him available to play.
There are a few little knocks as well, but nothing too serious.
Potential XI: 4-3-3
Sweeney Brown Martin Moxey
Taylor Boateng Law
Holmes Stockley Forte
This could change into a 4-4-2 in which we may see Stockley and Forte up top, with Law slotting into left-midfield and Holmes dropping back into right-midfield.
Opposition in focus:
Carlisle United come into the season on the back of a 10th place finish last term. They have appointed John Sheridan as their new manager after ex-boss Keith Curle left at end of the 2017-18 season. Key players have left the club, one of which being Micky Adams. However, they’ve brought in a few good players like keeper Adam Collin from Notts County.
The last time these two teams played, it finished 1-1 back in March 2018.
Opposition Danger Men: Hallam Hope and Jamie Devitt.
Jamie Devitt contributed the most goals and assists (together) in the team with 15. Whilst Hallam Hope scored 12 goals.
Finally Score Prediction: Exeter 2-0 Carlisle
Jake Taylor and Jayden Stockley to grab the goals.
St James Park is almost a sell-out but can Exeter pick up three points in their first game??