FA Cup: Carlisle Preview vs Lincoln (A)

The travelling Carlisle contingent will be hoping for recent cup exploits to continue, in a tricky away tie to League Two promotion favourites Lincoln City.

Despite the odds been stacked against United there should be a hint of confidence the Blues can snatch a result, following a well-earned point already at Sincil Bank this season.

Lincoln shouldn’t be feared especially as they are in the same division as John Sheridan’s men, nonetheless, they sure no how to engineer cup runs themselves.

Away form is on Carlisle’s side at the moment, though it is quite clear that even the most optimistic of fans would take a replay from this cup tie.

The Opposition

Lincoln’s League form may have taken a bit of a dip recently, however, it is steady-going and the so-called ‘Imps’ find themselves a win away from going back to the top of the table.

As a coaching partnership, The Cowley brothers have worked wonders at the club and despite the possibly of a second promotion their famous cup run in the 16/17 season remains a stand out memory.

Whilst top of the National League, you’d think the club would be deterred from at least one of the tasks in hand when making the latter rounds of the FA Cup.

This wasn’t to be the case though – a 1-0 victory at Burnley sent Lincoln into the Quarter Finals of the cup and set up a tie against the mighty Arsenal!

This meant they were the first non-league team since 1914 the make this stage of the competition, arguably giving them a huge pay check aiding their progress in the Football League.

Whilst making some quality additions this summer, including striker John Akinde, the management team have created a team mixed with experience and quality as well as a strong basis making them hard to beat.

The sheer presence of Michael Bostwick and Jason Shackell at the back mean Lincoln are hard to break down and Carlisle will have to rely on quality rather than strength in that battle!

Head-to-Head

  • Three FA Cups meetings have all come at Brunton Park; Carlisle winning two
  • Last win at Sincil bank was in 2002
  • Just the 23 Carlisle wins in 71 meetings between the sides

Prediction:

Carlisle will be without star striker Ashley Nadasen, who is unable to play in the cup and unfortunately will be heading back to Fleetwood in January it seems.

This may mean a struggle up top for Carlisle, however, cup away from has been good of late and I hope the Blues’ can at least get a replay. (1-1)

Picture Credit: Carlisle United

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