The Blues return to Brunton Park in buoyant mood after successive league and cup wins, the last of which an away win at Cambridge.
The recent defeat and performance at Mansfield was harshly criticised by manager John Sheridan, nevertheless it seems to have had a desired effect with a much more potent performance in the 2-1 victory at the Abbey Stadium last weekend.
The continuing form of Richie Bennett and Ashley Nadesan upfront paid off, while colleague Hallam Hope missed the game for his international debut for Barbados – A draw where he bagged two goals!
It will be a League Two return most likely for the striker this Saturday and after four league wins in their last five, Carlisle will be confident of grabbing the three points once more.
On Tranmere’s books, James Norwood is the fire power keeping them going in League Two, and making their attack a force to be reckoned with.
Seven goals in as many league matches, as well as 20 in the calendar year, have opened the eyes of many suitors and led to the early accolade of League Two’s player of the month award.
His partner in crime is also a familiar name, this time to Carlisle fans, as Cole Stockton returns to Brunton Park a month after he left.
The forward only spent just over half a year at Carlisle, deciding to leave and within days he signed for his old club Tranmere.
He will be out to prove a point and so will the team who are yet to register a win on their travels this season.
- This is one of Carlisle’s most played encounters over the years; 85 games, only the seventh in the fourth division as it is now.
- Carlisle have 35 wins to Tranmere’s 33.
- The fixture was played out for 10 successive years, until Tranmere got relegated to the National League two seasons ago.
- Carlisle havent lost in the fixture in the league since 2012.
- The last encounter saw Carlisle win 2-1 at Prenton Park.
Carlisle: Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillsephey, Yates, Glendon, Etuhu, Devitt, Bennett, Nadesan.
Tranmere: Davies, Caprice, McNulty, Monthe, Bakayogo, Smith, McCullough, Banks, Jennings, Norwood, Stockton.
Carlisle Team News:
Even though Carlisle have had a pretty settled team of late John Sheridan has insisted this week that he is having a few selection headaches.
Hallam Hope will come back into the fold this week after international duty, with George Glendon the most likely candidate to be replaced if Hope is called upon.
Mike Jones and Danny Grainger are still on the injury list, though returns are expected this month for the both of them.
PREDICTION: CARLISLE 2-1 TRANMERE
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