Carlisle Preview vs Newport (H)

Defeat on Saturday will stretch a retched run at Brunton Park – six defeats in a row would certainly be a nasty surprise this Halloween.

A sub 4,000 crowd turned out to see a timid Carlisle fall to yet another loss at home, conceding a goal in the 96th minute to be downed by Yeovil.

The whole club is on a downer, from the fans to the sinking fortunes of the team and the shameful board of late.

Another low par performance without scoring makes it five on the bounce and five defeats in that time, and the Blues’ record against visitors Newport certainly does them no favours in yet another must win match.

The Opposition:

It has certainly been a great start to the season for the exiles, finding themselves just outside the promotion spots in League Two.

Although many may not back the Welsh team to keep the pressure up, they definitely deserve credit for their rise, since narrowly brushing off relegation two seasons ago.

Progress to mid table last year only seems a stepping stone now to what has been a more than impressive start, with five wins in their opening seven games.

Performances have been more low-key of late , and consecutive draws mean four of the last six have resulted in the points being shared.

A 1-1 draw in Cumbria on the final day of the season represents how tight the match will be, however, the bookies making Carlisle favourites certainly doesn’t reflect form, recent history and league position whatsoever.

Head-to-head

  • Carlisle only won four of eighteen meetings.
  • Newport successful in five of the last eight, all five victories were in a row.
  • Meetings since 2014 are the first since 1988 in Division Four.
  • Both previous meetings have ended the campaign at Brunton Park – Newport victories in two of three meetings in November.

Prediction:

A tight game should be expected, though Carlisle aren’t showing any sign of promise at the moment, however we are hoping they will break their scoring duck sooner rather than later, and my prediction of 1-1 would be fair enough if it meant breaking a disastrous run.

Picture Credit: Carlisle United

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