Carlisle Preview vs Swindon (A)

Carlisle make the long trip to Swindon, looking for only their second every victory at the County Ground.

The last came in 2011, but despite this woeful record the Blues do have nine victories on home soil.

Without a league game in two weeks, Carlisle haven’t been able to fulfil any potential momentum from the last minute victory against Newport. On the other hand, John Sheridan’s side progressed in the FA Cup in fortuitous circumstances – a pretty good week as a whole if you’re a Carlisle fan.

Sheridan has though asked for much more from his players in a frustrated rant after the pretty meaningless Checkatrade Trophy outing in mid-week.

Despite gaining a draw, the manager was carefully ruthless in his assessment of the performance, especially degrading some of the finishing the strikers possessed on the day.

Saturday is a good opportunity to put these finer details right and carry on a fairly positive tone that exists in the rest of the camp, nevertheless, a struggling Swindon could be rejuvenated by a big week at the club…

The opposition

It’s all change for the underachieving hosts this weekend, as 17th placed Swindon sacked Phil Brown this week. The experienced campaigner has been replaced by a rookie – former Leicester City player Richie Wellens.

The 38-year-old manager did venture into his first job last season, however, he failed to deny struggling Oldham Athletic from relegation to League Two.

One win in eight league games leaves Town lower mid-table and despite six places separating, they can overtake Carlisle with a win this weekend.

Some may say the sacking of Brown was harsh, contrarily, for Swindon’s high standards the start to the season has been poor.

An upturn in fortunes should realistically come eventually, though Carlisle will hope this knee jerk reaction doesn’t come this time out.

Head-to-head

  • Only one victory in twenty-two visits to Swindon for United.
  • 20 of the 48 meetings between the sides have ended in a draw.
  • 0-0 between the sides in this fixture last season.

Prediction:

It is an extremely tough trip for Carlisle despite the league standings and a reaction will definitely be required of Swindon.

A tight game which I will finish 1-1.

Picture Credit: Carlisle United

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