As always, Bookmakers.co.uk are proud to sponsor Carlisle United this season and Greg Abbott’s team produced an impressive performance in their final pre-season game to beat Glasgow Rangers 3-2.
Previously to this, the Blues held Kilmarnock to a 2-2 draw which pleased the manager and there could be a spot of value backing Carlisle to gain promotion this term, with Ladbrokes offering a stand-out 18/1 that it’s a promotion season for the Cumbrian side.
Abbott is looking for the defence to be a lot stronger than last season and ensure that Brunton Park becomes a difficult place to visit once again. That will help to make a mockery of the 80/1 about Carlisle winning the League One title, with the division expected to be wide open again.
Yeovil proved last season that one of the outsiders can go up to the Championship while Tranmere led the division for several months despite having one of the lowest wage bills.
There are lots of positives for Carlisle supporters ahead of the new campaign, with United kicking off with a home game against Leyton Orient and the manager is backing his “genuine strikeforce” to fire the team to several victories this term.
Lee Miller and Mark Beck are set to be the first-choice forwards with the former on offer at 66/1 with BetVictor to finish League One Top Goalscorer this term, while Beck can be backed at 150/1 on the same market.
League sponsors Sky Bet have a Top Northern Club market available where Carlisle can be backed at odds of 16/1 to finish above the likes of Sheffield United, Preston and Rotherham, while Bradford, Tranmere and Oldham are the other teams in this section.
Looking ahead to the first match of the season and the Blues are a 6/4 chance with William Hill to enjoy a flyer by landing three points against Orient, with Carlisle looking to get revenge for last season’s 4-1 reverse at home to the O’s which saw United trail by that scoreline at the break.