Saturdays visit to Milton Keynes follows FA Cup knockout, a blow for Carlisle who now only have the league to concentrate on.
Whist the Blues are in mid-table and not threatening the top teams in the division, the cup was of vital importance to gain funds for the transfer window.
With many loan deals in the balance business is needed but yet again John Sheridan is going to have to fill a squad with a minimal budget.
MK Dons are none comparable and still arguably have a side who will easily make it out of this league.
A mix of League one players, and Paul Tisdale’s new acquisitions, the squad has simmered together nicely in a strong start to the season – a year in which nothing less than automatic promotion will be expected.
The Dons find themselves top of League Two and they should be expected to carry on impressive home form this weekend.
It’s now five home wins in a row, and 10 undefeated, stretching back to the end of last season.
Despite wins against strugglers Macclesfield and Morecambe, Paul Tisdale will be weary of the threat Carlisle pose away from home.
Tisdale has joined a club with the foundations in place to push on, and arguably last season was a freak episode that all will want to forget about.
Successive relegations mean the club is back to square one, though a strong contingent remains including potent striker Kieran Agard.
Tisdale has though been allowed to rub his own stance on the squad, and this led to the signing of Jordan Moore-Taylor from Exeter City.
Taylor decided to follow his manager from Exeter to MK and has been part of a back line who have only conceded 13 goals all season.
- Twelve meetings all between 2008-2014
- The two clubs have never met outside the third division (League One)
- Carlisle surprisingly have a considerably better record, winning 7 of 10 games.
- Three wins a piece in meetings at Stadium MK.
Carlisle Team News:
This week has seen a few positive injury updates, with the likes of Jamie Devitt, Danny Grainger, and Tom Parkes back in training.
They were all integral figures last season, however, none more so Jason Kennedy two years ago.
The midfielder is finally a nearing a return and is back to competitive training, after endless injuries in the last year.
Despite being hopeful I feel the home side will have too much for Carlisle on the day
MK Dons 2-0 Carlisle United
Picture Credit: Carlisle United