Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United preview – Back-to-back defeats for Cumbrians

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Brunton Park is strangely quiet these days despite Carlisle United featuring in the top-three for much of the season. Perhaps the fans have seen it all before, a promotion push for most of the season and a subsequent fade-away when the business end of the campaign approaches. This has happened time and time again with many clubs and the Cumbrians have had more than their fair share of disappointments in this regard.

Keith Curle’s men are in a strong position as regards promotion to League One, however their 3-0 home defeat to Portsmouth at the weekend was indicative that their place in the top-three is far from secure and with just three points separating the Cumbrians from fourth-placed Pompey, anything but a victory on Tuesday evening would be a disappointment.

The Blue Army face a lengthy trip down to Cheltenham Town for Tuesday evening’s League Two fixture although that won’t deter a sizeable number of supporters from making the long journey south despite the mid-week nature of the fixture. Indeed whilst the crowds may be down at Brunton Park, the number of travelling fans which follow the Cumbrians the length and breadth of the country is mightily impressive for what is in reality a small-town club. One cannot help but feel that on this occasion they’ll be making the long and tiring journey home with nothing but disappointment.

Cheltenham Town remain firmly in the bottom half of the League Two table and when one looks at Carlisle’s recent record away from home, one could be tempted to side with the visitors on this occasion. Cheltenham have been pretty solid on home turf recently however and will be confident of making it three wins on the bounce following their triumphs at home to Yeovil Town and at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road Stadium, or whatever they call it nowadays.

The problem with the visitors is their inconsistency. Carlisle United have let us down numerous times on the betting front and usually against opposition which they should, at least on paper, have dealt with relatively easily. We believe that this will prove to be the case on Tuesday evening and as such we’ll be siding with the visitors to manage their third successive win at the expense of the Cumbrians.

Our tip: Back Cheltenham Town to beat Carlisle United at 8/5 with William Hill.


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