John Sheridan’s Blues return to Brunton Park on the back of an impressive 1-0 victory at Bury, to face Stevenage.
A raucous away following, as well as an ever present sturdy away defence helped Carlisle to yet another away victory last time out.
A sole Richie Bennett effort was enough for the Blues to scrape a victory, as efforts from former Blue Nicky Adams failed to find the net, and Jerry Yates was sent-off for foul and abusive language.
Six away clean sheets in the calendar year have been a solid basis for the Blues, including two 1-0 victories on their travels already this season.
Nonetheless, Carlisle now enter a week of two successive home games in which gaining momentum is key to any credentials this team has, or are capable of.
After a relatively poor showing from Stevenage last season, finishing in 16th, the aim will to be improvement which they are more than able to do.
The names in their attacking ranks certainly spring to mind, and accompanying that with a better away defensive record would stand them in good stead.
A 3-3 draw last time out away from home, against struggling Notts County, saw contributions from all of their potent front three; Alex Revell, Ben Kennedy and Danny Newton.
Revell for a start is a name to many in the lower leagues, scoring goals at the lower levels for many years.
Most famously he scored a sensational half volley to help the Millers gain promotion to the Championship.
A name that wouldn’t spring to mind is Danny Newton, however, here’s a lad who’s hoping to make it in the professional game after successfully gaining a contract through Jamie Vardy’s “V9 academy”.
For a Carlisle side, who tend to a much more attacking outfit at home, they will have to give Stevenage’s attacking players the bare minimum of time and space on the ball.
- Only Fourteen meetings between the two; Carlisle’s seven wins to Stevenage’s three.
- Stevenage haven’t lost in their last two visits to Brunton Park, winning 2-0 last season.
- The 8th season in a row the fixture has been played out.
Carlisle’s injury list does not seem drawn out, nevertheless, Mike Jones and Danny Grainger still aren’t back to full fitness, though the latter is said to be further from a return.
Another notable absentee will be young midfielder Jerry Yates, who got sent off at the weekend and will sit out a two game ban.
Prediction: 2-1 Carlisle
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