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27 February 2017

A look at Tuesday's opponents Carlisle United

This Tuesday sees us take on promotion-chasing Carlisle United at The LCI Rail Stadium as we look to make it three wins in a row following victories over Yeovil and Leyton Orient.

The Cumbrians currently sit third in the League Two table on 58 points after 15 wins, 13 draws and 5 losses from their 33 games so far this season.

Portsmouth are currently hot on their tail after beating them on the weekend, though, as Carlisle have won just three of their last 10 league games - meaning they’re now only inside the promotion places by three points.

They are managed by Keith Curle, who’s been in charge for two-and-a-half years following his appointment back in September 2014 when Carlisle were struggling at the bottom of English football’s fourth tier.

Curle guided United to safety by finishing 20th in his first season before then going on to take them to 10th place last campaign.

Their top scorer is Charlie Wyke, who has netted 14 times in the league so far, with midfielder Jason Kennedy behind him on 10 league goals and Jabo Ibehre rounding up the top three on seven League Two strikes.

The game will be the second meeting between the teams this season after the 1-1 draw up at Brunton Park, where Kennedy’s stoppage-time goal cancelled out Harry Pell’s earlier effort.

The Robins haven’t recorded a win over Carlisle since January 2008, when a 1-0 triumph was enough to claim the three points in League One.

Overall the sides have played each other 21 times since their first meeting in an FA Cup tie back in 1933, with Cheltenham winning seven, Carlisle winning six and the other eight ending in draws.

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