FA Cup Preview : Carlisle vs Crewe (A)

FA Cup fever returns to the footballing audience this weekend, with this fixture not being one of the magical draws to say the least.

It is however, a short trip for Blues fans, alongside an easy train journey, to hopefully see long-awaited consecutive victories – a wait dragging back to August in the league.

This competition hasn’t been as much as a graveyard for Carlisle over recent years, making it passed round one on eight of the last 10 occasions.

Despite many replays in that time, the cups have been quite promising for the Blues’ in recent times. The League Cup has bared most success, nonetheless two big ties with Everton in the last 10 years have been reward for the Cumbrian’s getting to at least round three.

The Opposition

Crewe, contrastingly, have only made it past round one twice in that time, with embarrassments including a home defeat to Conference Eastleigh while the Railwaymen sat divisions above in League One.

The draw may not have been the tie either wanted, but despite this they have both avoided League One teams and in fact, the omens seem good for the Alex.

in four cup meetings between the side they have won three, with Carlisle’s sole victory coming back in 1929.

In the grand scheme of things this should be of little significance however, with a thumping 5-0 defeat meeting the hosts in last seasons encounter.

Two heavy defeats without scoring mean Crewe come into the game low on confidence, with a squad and a club known for its ability to enhance youth talent and get them up through the leagues.

One of these arguably hasn’t hit the heights, nonetheless, Shaun Miller will want to impress as his boyhood team come up against his former Carlisle team mates.

Head-to-head

  • Carlisle’s last cup victory against the Railway men came back in 1929.
  • Contested 91 meetings in all, with every league game contested in the bottom two divisions.
  • 41 Carlisle victories; 36 Crewe
  • The Blues’ have won the last three with an aggregate score of 7-0.
  • A win on Saturday would make it four wins in a row for the first time since the fixture was first being played out, with Carlisle winning five of the first six meetings.

Carlisle team news

There could be the potential for a depleted squad this weekend for United, though the loan situation doesn’t look to bleak at this time.

Carlisle have four half-season loanees, from clubs including Fleetwood. Rotherham and Morecambe – basically an appearance on Saturday would make them all ineligible in the cup for their parent clubs.

Otherwise Hallam Hope, Tom Parkes and Kelvin Etuhu could still be sidelined for the weekend.

Prediction:

Crewe 0-2 Carlisle

Picture Credit: Carlisle United

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