Carlisle Preview vs Morecambe (H)

Carlisle return to Brunton Park hoping for a rousing response to recent dire home form.

The Blues will be hoping fans turn up in their droves, not only because of a return to winning ways against Oldham, but also in memory of the late Tony Hopper.

The former Carlisle, Workington, and Barlow midfielder tragically passed away this week at the age of 42 after battling Motor Neurone Disease.

It is expected there will be a minutes applause before the game and at eight minutes, and hopefully a local fighters legacy can inspire Carlisle to great things on Saturday.

The Opposition

Morecambe of late have improved massively from their early season credentials.

Year-on-year the Shrimps seem to defy the odds, nevertheless, poor late season form last term meant they only survived relegation by the skin of their teeth.

This time around, as standard, they were one of the favourites to go down and even though I think they will be in the fight there’s no guarantees of that fate being fulfilled.

The stats suggest this is Carlisle’s easiest test – recent matches tell otherwise.

Despite the Cumbrians only losing once to Morecambe in 14 meetings since 2009, the Blues have struggled at home to a buoyant away team.

Many Blues fans would agree that there is a stigma with Morecambe where playing at their ground seems to be an easier prospect, with a big away following normally out numbering and sounding out the home support.

Amazingly, until the recent Checkatrade trophy victory, Carlisle had never beaten their opponents on home soil.

Opposingly, on visits to the Globe Arena they have won a resounding seven out of eight matches – reflecting Carlisle’s away joy even of this season.

The task in hand will be to break down a Morecambe team who have restricted the Blues at Brunton in recent years, with the likes of Jamie Devitt and Shaun Miller being pivotal in their last victory at Carlisle.

Previous line-ups

Carlisle: Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey, Jones, Etuhu, Sowerby, Yates, Hope, Nadasen.

Morecambe: Roche, Mills, Yarney, Lavelle, Conlan, Tutte, Wildig, Oates, Leitch-Smith, Mandeville, Oliver.

PREDICTION: 2-1 Carlisle

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