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Back to business and Carlisle are dropping in this weekend. UTS regular Welsh Saddler has a match preview which we’ve copied below for your reading pleasure.
The Cumbrians are coming to town – we welcome a resurgent Carlisle United, who currently occupy 13th place in the table on 24 points. Since the appointment of Graham Kavanagh as manager in September their form has significantly improved. Don’t forget they started the season disastrously, shipping 13 goals in their first three games – fast forward to last Saturday and they won 4-1 against Tranmere Rovers, at a canter by all reports. Carlisle’s last six League One games look like this:
Nov 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) DREW 2-2
Nov 16 Crawley (H) DREW 1-1
Nov 23 Rotherham United (A) DREW 0-0
Nov 26 Crewe Alexandra (H) WON 2-1
Nov 30 Swindon Town (A) LOST 3-1
Dec 14 Tranmere Rovers (H) WON 4-1
Much of the improvement can be attributed to the arrival of 8 new players brought in by Kavanagh since September, including teenager Tom Lawrence on loan from Manchester United – he scored twice against Tranmere. However, a recent statement from the club’s Managing Director admits that they are now officially “over budget” and that players will have to leave in January – this means that they’re all literally playing for their places. Carlisle’s finances are also not too wonderful, the last two years have seen losses of £305,392 (June 2012) and £666,257 (June 2013).
As always, if we play the way seen against the likes of Swindon and Peterborough, we can get another 3 points on Saturday. Let’s say 3-1, with Sawyers, Westcarr and Butler scoring for us. Lalkovic to have four goals disallowed for offside.