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📝Match Preview | Carlisle United

A look ahead to Saturday's clash at Brunton Park.

13 December 2019

Team News

Jordan Cook is expected to miss out once again with a groin injury. Harry Cardwell is also a doubt having picked up a slight hamstring strain.

Elliott Hewitt will be missing for the trip to Cumbria, having picked up his fifth booking of the season during last weekend’s defeat to Swindon.

Following his return from injury against Swindon last week, Luke Hendrie could be set for a start at Brunton Park.

Form Guide

Chris Beech's side have drawn their last two league games against Morecambe and Cambridge United respectively and had a creditable victory against high-flying Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. 

Head to Head

The Mariners have won four of the last six meetings between the two sides, with United bagging two victories against Town.  

20 Nov 2007 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United W 1-0 FA Cup
22 Nov 2016 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United D 2-2 League Two
02 Jan 2017 Carlisle United v Grimsby Town W 1-3 League Two
18 Nov 2017 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United L 0-1 League Two
03 Mar 2018 Carlisle United v Grimsby Town L 2-0 League Two
02 Oct 2018 Carlisle United v Grimsby Town W 0-1 League Two
22 Apr 2019 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United W 1-0 League Two

Last Time:

Carlisle Utd 0-1 Grimsby Town

Town ended a six-game losing streak with a win against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Luke Hendrie's first-half goal proved enough for the Mariners to take all three points and claim their second victory of the season.

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialGTFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from Town's caretaker boss, Anthony Limbrick.

Live on iFollow Mariners

Listen live on iFollow Mariners, while our overseas-based supporters are can watch the game live. 

 John Tondeur and former Town defender Danny Collins will be there to bring you full match commentary.  

Town fans can now purchase an iFollow subscription for a friend, family member or colleague this Christmas, with the introduction of a 'Purchase as a gift' option. more >>

Betting Odds

Grimsby to win and BTTS is now 11/2 from 9/2 with a Sky Bet Price Boost. 

James Hanson and Matt Green look the most likely to score for Town at 6/1 each, while Luke Hendrie is 20/1 to score at any time. more >>

Man in the Middle:

Marc Edwards will be the man with the whistle at Carlisle United on Saturday.

In what is Edwards' first season on the EFL list of referees, the Tyne and Wear-based official will take charge of a Town game for the very first time following his promotion to the National List of Referees in the summer.

Mr Edwards has experience in the EFL prior to this season though, first starting as an assistant referee before opting to drop back down to the National League with the whistle, where he remained for two years before being promoted back.

Key Men for The Robins – Harry McKirdy is the man to watch with six goals and five assists to his name for United, and the Mariners will also need to keep an eye on frontman Olufela Olomola who has banged in five goals so far this season.mckirdy.png

The Managers

Anthony Limbrick

“Carlisle have got some good players and they’re near us in the table so it’s a big game for both sides.

“To be able to play a team which is around us is hopefully a good thing, and we’ll try and prey on that fact and hopefully it works out for us.

“But you can’t guarantee that it will be an easier game because it certainly won’t be – we’re away from home, their pitch is big, and they’ve just had a good win midweek against Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup.”

Chris Beech

Speaking on, he said: "We know full well the threats that Grimsby can bring because they have some very good players in that dressing room.

"They'll be really disappointed with the run they've been on and I'm sure they'll see every game as an opportunity to start to get their season going again.

"We have to be aware of that, but we have to go into the game with the determination to deal with what they'll do at the same time as we look to dominate the possession and take the game to them."

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