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Generally speaking, Gillingham isn’t a hugely popular away-day for visiting fans. The thought of sitting in pouring rain on an open bank of ‘temporary’ style eating is a major deterrent, as is that fact that the Medway town sits on the ‘wrong’ side of London for most visiting sides. Nevertheless that will do little to deter a large travelling army of Carlisle United supporters from making the mammoth journey south to Priestfield for this weekend’s FA Cup second-round clash although we’re far from confident that they will be heading back home in high spirits.
Carlisle United is out on a limb in the darkest corners of North-west England but even by their standards this is a lengthy trip. The Cumbrians’ last journey south ended in a 3-0 hammering at Luton Town just over two weeks ago and one imagines that another such defeat will come their way on Saturday afternoon.
Keith Curle’s side have been very much a mixed bag on the road this season, however they will be up against a Gillingham outfit which despite their lowly position in League One have suffered just two defeats in front of their home fans in all competitions since early September.
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The Cumbrians edged past League One side Oldham Athletic in the first round of this competition thanks to a 3-2 win at Brunton Park and while we believe that they give their supporters something to cheer following their long journey south by finding the net at some point, ultimately we expect the Cumbrians to be heading home with nothing for their troubles, the bookmakers going 7/2 on Gillingham to win and both teams to score on Saturday afternoon.
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