The home fixture against third place Colchester opens a schedule of four games in three weeks for the Blues at Brunton Park.
Going into the festive period Carlisle fans can look forward to five games within the north-west, however, it may not be considered as home comforts by some.
The blues have lost six of the last seven at home and this hasn’t boded well for their current league position – 13th and now eight points of the play-off places.
An away trip to top of the table MK Dons was always going to prove a struggle despite outstanding away form and after a 2-0 defeat things don’t look much brighter with the visitors this weekend in 3rd place themselves.
It’s no surprise to see Colchester challenging this season, after they failed to hit expectations last season.
Despite two wins on the bounce they have been up and down of late, especially in the fact that they have failed to score more than once in a game in all competitions stretching over 10 matches.
Luke Norris and Sammy Szmodics do, however, find themselves with seven goals a piece in the scoring charts and with these options the goals are certainly there when needed.
Nonetheless, its at the other end of the pitch that Colchester have earned plaudits and most importantly points of late.
Nine clean sheets and just 19 goals conceded means the U’s are up their with the leagues best and have been able to gain points when not playing so well.
- Carlisle only have 10 victories in 47 matches with Colchester – The U’s have 17
- 7 of Carlisle’s victories have come at Brunton Park
- The Blues gained 4 points against Colchester last season
Carlisle’s home form is far from convincing, nevertheless, it’s vital that the players put in a positive performance and get the fans coming to Brunton Park over the coming weeks.
Both teams have had tight games of late and I reckon Carlisle can snatch a 1-1 draw.