Carlisle Preview vs Yeovil (H)

Carlisle will look to end a run of four straight home defeats against a Yeovil side, who haven’t won at Brunton Park since 2011.

In fact, Carlisle are unbeaten in 12 games against the Glovers, comfortably winning the last four – including a 4-0 home win last term.

It has certainly been a hard slog for Carlisle in the past reason, with two contrasting performances again summing up the teams inconsistency and apparent lack of quality.

A dismal display against Macclesfield was followed up by what could be called a heroic performance against league leaders Lincoln. An Ashley nadesan double wasn’t enough to come away with the three points, nonetheless, after the debacle at the weekend it is certainly a good start.

In all honesty when Tuesday nights line-up was released it seemed a foregone conclusion that a home win was in the bag. Costly injuries and lack of depth meant John Sheridan had to mix it up, with midfielder Jack Sowerby at right back and towering striker Richie Bennett at centre-back.

Nevertheless, in the end the Blues held out for a gritty draw, and hopefully fans can hope for more of the same against Yeovil.

The Opposition

Yeovil make the long trip up north after two disappointing home draws, leaving them seven games without victory.

An astounding 6-0 victory at Newport last month looked the catalyst for a serge towards the higher reaches, making it four consecutive victories in all competitions. Despite this, Yeovil find themselves in the bottom half though only two points of their hosts this weekend and six points of the Play-Offs.

Like Carlisle, the visitors are pretty inconsistent and lacking in key areas, though I believe they are worth more than their pre-season relegation credentials. Saying this, a bottom half finish is more than likely.

Darren Way’s side are also missing former Carlisle fan favourite, Francois Zoko. The Ivorian striker suffered a serious knew injury in early September, and his presence and know-how will be missed up top.

Head-to-head

  • Carlisle have won nine of the last 12 meetings
  • Yeovil last beat the Blues in 2011, doing the double over Carlisle that season
  • Since the first meeting in 2003, the clubs have played out twenty-four games
  • Carlisle have the advantage – 13 wins to Yeovil’s seven

Previous line-ups

Carlisle: Collin, Sowerby, Gerrard, Bennett, Gillesphey, Etuhu, Jones, Slater, Campbell, Yates, Nadesan.

Yeovil: Baxter, James, Mugabi, Donnellan, Dickinson, Gray, D’Almeida, Pattison, Arquin, Fisher, Olomola.

Carlisle team news

A worrying injury list and a lack of options lead to John Sheridan naming a patched up line up on Tuesday, who were commendable in their effort.

There have been positive injury updates since, however, as long term absentee Danny Grainger is expected back in training before the weekend, as well as Jamie Devitt and Gary Liddle.

Prediction: Every week a home win is predicted Carlisle have far from lived up to the task, and that victory needs to come desperately soon. I think this will be a tight game yet again and I can see the Blues breaking their scoring duck at home.

Carlisle 2-1 Yeovil is my prediction.

Picture Credit: Carlisle United

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