Carlisle United Preview v Northampton Town

Protests, unrest and a disapproving fan base lay ahead for the blues on their return to home soil at Brunton Park this Saturday.

After a somewhat catastrophic pre-season, many fans share the view that the board is a mess and the owners need to go.

Despite planned protests, what happens on the pitch will be the main concern on the day after a disappointing opening day defeat away at Exeter.

The long trip down south ended in a 3-1 defeat, littered with defensive errors and a lack of quality in many areas of the field. 2-0 down within the first half hour, John Sheridan’s new outfit were in disarray. The blues would, however, put up a fight and a bullet header from Richie Bennett sparked a potential fightback.

This was merely a dream.

Carlisle couldn’t pull the game back, instead Exeter profited with a late counter attack with venomous results to land the final sting; A defeat which furthers Carlisle’s abysmal opening day record of late.

Likewise for opponents Northampton, they opened the campaign to a defeat. After being relegated from League one, the season may hold much promise. Despite this, last week they were beaten at home by a Lincoln side who are one of the teams most tipped for automatic promotion.

The Opposition

For a second week in a row the Cumbrians face a relatively fresh outfit. With a new manager, and a new league alongside to negotiate, Northampton’s season is hard to predict but expectations should be to finish as high as possible.

After the recent failures of famous Dutch forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Northampton have found a promising replacement.

Dean Austin is no stranger to the Northampton ranks, taking over after a successful spell at the end of last season. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep the Cobblers in League One for another year.

Players and fans alike will hope for a swift return to the third division, or at least challenging at the higher reaches of the League.

Head-to-head

  • Last time Northampton were in League 2, they walked the league, finishing 13 points clear at the top.
    In 2016, the Cobblers went on to beat Carlisle twice; a 3-2 home victory and a 4-1 dismantling of the blues at Brunton Park.
  • Carlisle record v Northampton: W12 D13 L15
  • Potential Line Ups

  • To the surprise of many, Carlisle lined up last week without star midfielders Jamie Devitt and Mike Jones.
  • Though it could easily be down to fitness or a lack of pre season, approaching the transfer window closure fans will be hoping that surprises like this aren’t signalling Devitt’s departure from the club, which has been rumoured.
  • Last weeks starting line up: Fryer, Miller, Liddle, Parkes, Grainger, Slater, Glendon, Etuhu, Hope, Bennett, Yates
  • The acquisition of Adam Campbell is the only fresh arrival in the last week who may get a look in, while John Sheridan is still in the market for a centre back and others.
  • Last weeks starting line up (Northampton): Cornell, Odofin, Taylor, Pierre, Buchannan, Crooks, McWilliams, O’Toole, Powell, Williams, Hoskins.
  • Prediction: Score draw 1-1
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