Carlisle have the joint best away record in League Two going in to Tuesdays game against Notts County.
16 points, including five wins, puts Carlisle up their with leaders Lincoln, however, there is still much to be desired at Brunton Park.
Saturdays defeat against Forest Green again put a dampener on an up turn in fortunes for John Sheridan’s side, and again proving just how inconsistent Carlisle are at the moment.
The 2-1 loss again showed home frailties, almost as if there is a stigma for the squad to hide away from their responsibilities in front of an expectant home crowd.
An away trip will be welcome as that’s now six home defeats in seven. On paper Carlisle should be getting the points on Tuesday, although, they will be more than wary of the pre-season favourites for promotion.
After a turbulent start to the season, County find themselves precariously in the relegation zone.
For weeks on end they have been expected to climb up the table but a solution just hasn’t been found, with Harry Kewell getting the sack after just 14 games in charge.
After leaving AFC Wimbledon, Neil Ardley faces an arduous task of lifting Notts fortunes at a very expectant club.
After three successive victories in the early days of Kewell’s tenure it looked as they could push on, nevertheless, the problem hasn’t seemed so easy to fix.
The Magpies haven’t tasted league victory for eight games, and were cruelly denied late on against Morecambe this weekend.
One things for certain.
If their problems are sorted and the right acquisitions are made in January then they should survive comfortably, however, there isn’t any guarantees looking at how awful the season has been so far.
- Notts County won the reverse fixture last season 2-1, while Carlisle’s last victory at Meadow Lane was a 5-0 thrashing in 2016.
- Only 4 draws in 34 meetings between the sides, the last in 1995.
- United have only won at Meadow Lane on three occasions, gaining a clean sheet in each.
PREDICTION: Notts County 0-1 Carlisle
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