Carlisle United v Tranmere Rovers – match preview.

Carlisle United v Tranmere Rovers
Tuesday 23rd February 2021
English Football League Two

On Tuesday night, Brunton Park will host a league encounter between two sides that have high hopes of league one football next season. Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers. The Cumbrians have recently dropped out of the top seven which holds the play offs and automatic promotion spots, following two losses and a draw in their last three. However, they still have many games in hand and if they defeat a team which have failed to win any of their last two then their ambitions will be back on track to reach. Rovers thus have a challenge on their hands as the competition at the top is already great, the game will be interesting and may prove vital at the end of the season.

In recent meetings with the press, Rovers manager Keith Hill has stated that Otis Khan will be out for 2-4 weeks with a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old has impressed this campaign as he has had his position moved from attack to right back and excelled. Danny Lloyd is another that may be out, the midfielder missed the game on the weekend with an illness and is set to be assessed ahead of this midweek tie.

If you would like to gain an insight into Carlisle United’s on and off field positions and find out what players are worthy of keeping an eye out for then why not read my Q+A in which I spoke to a Cumbrians supporter about all of these subjects amongst others.

The ‘man in black’ on Tuesday night will be Benjamin Speedie who will be assisted by Simon Clayton and Paul Newhouse. Throughout this campaign Speedie has officiated 20 games, one of these being the 2-2 draw between Tranmere and Wigan Athletic in the Papa Johns Trophy, he has awarded 57 yellow cards and four reds. Adam Herczeg will be the respective fourth official.

The Superwhites and the Cumbrians have met on 88 different occasions and the results of these games prove that the two club’s quality aren’t really too dissimilar, just like now at a time when they are chasing promotion to League One. 6th October 1928 saw the first encounter, played in Carlisle in the Division Three North, which resulted in a 4-1 home win. The latest meeting saw a 1-0 Tranmere win, in League Two, earlier on in the season at Prenton Park.
Tranmere wins – 36
Draws – 17
Carlisle United wins – 35

I don’t think that there is a great difference in quality between the two sides, although they are two of the best that can be found in League Two this season. I’m going to go for an eventful and entertaining 1-1 draw.
My team prediction? Scott Davies, Lee O’Connor, Peter Clarke, Manny Monthe, Calum MacDonald, Liam Feeney, Jay Spearing, Paul Lewis, Kieron Morris, James Vaughan, Kaiyne Woolery.

You can watch and listen to this Tuesday night league encounter then you can via both club’s official iFollow services for the cost of £10. This is accessible through the club websites.

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