Tuesday nights trip to Lincoln already has the potential to be pretty bleak for a weekend Carlisle, nonetheless the blues certainly have an unpredictability about them.
This weekends defeat at Macclesfield spelled the end of an impressive winning run, and now means three successive losses in league and cup – much to the disapproval of on-looking fans.
Morecambe and Macclesfield are arguably teams that John Sheridan’s side should be beating but poor performances have cost them.
An away Tuesday night encounter at top of the league Lincoln certainly wont raise confidence in the build up, though Carlisle will hope to gain it with a shock result.
The “Imps” have been pretty formidable this season, finding themselves top of the league by four points and with high morale.
A 1-1 draw to Cambridge at the weekend wasn’t overly thrilling , with an early red card restricting them, however, this was on the back of a massive 6-2 thrashing of Port Vale.
The Cowley brothers have been the main ingredient to Lincoln’s continued success. Danny and Nicky have led the club out of the National League and into the League Two Play-Offs, aswell as money spinning runs in the FA Cup and winning the Checkatrade trophy.
While keeping the core nature of the squad, accessible funds have allowed Danny Cowley to strengthen the squad in all areas.
Goalkeeper Sam Slocombe has dropped down a division from Bristol Rovers, while Jason Shackell left Derby for the League Two promotion challenge.
Despite this, the most notable signing would be prolific striker John Akinde from Barnet. The big front man couldn’t keep the Bees up last season, however, was snapped up by League Two’s promotion favourites.
This presence upfront, as well as four goals so far, will prove handy ammunition for their charge at the summit.
Lincoln: Vickers, Eardley, Bostwick, Wharton, Toffolo, Anderson, Chapman, Pett, Andrade, Rhead, McCartan.
Carlisle: Collin, Miller, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey, Sowerby, Jones, Nadasen, Etuhu, Yates, Bennett.
Carlisle team news
As if it wasn’t enough a struggle at the moment, the injury list is growing…
It looks as if Tom Parkes, Gary Liddle, Hallam Hope,and Jamie Devitt could be missing, leaving a lack of depth at the back and not much cutting edge upfront.
PREDICTION: Lincoln 3-1 Carlisle
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