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Preview: Robins V Carlisle

29 March 2018

Match Previews

Preview: Robins V Carlisle

29 March 2018

Cheltenham Town return to the LCI Rail Stadium for the visit of Carlisle on Good Friday (kick-off 3pm) full of confidence and unbeaten in five matches in Sky Bet League Two.

The Robins secured a 5-3 away win in their last match away at Harry Kewell’s Crawley, with Mo Eisa scoring two and taking his tally to 20 in the division, meaning he could surpass Julian Alsop’s 2001/02 club record if he finds the net against the Cumbrians.

Carlisle have drawn their last three and are undefeated in seven, five places and nine points ahead of Gary Johnson’s men in tenth.

They were held to a point against Cambridge at home last Saturday, as Richie Bennett’s goal two minutes into the second half was cancelled out just three minutes by George Maris.

Cheltenham were defeated 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Brunton Park in August.

The Opposition:

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle - in his fourth season at the club - is refusing to give up on the play-offs.

The Cumbrains are currently six points adrift of the play-off places with seven games remaining.

“There is no chance (of giving up),” he said. “Everybody is still focused on gaining as many points as we can, because you never know what can happen.

“Our supporters would be disappointed if I said that's it, it's gone. Some managers (at other clubs) have come out in the past and used it as a motivation to say, 'it's gone now, and it's just a case of finishing off the season’. But that is not happening here.”

Team News:

Cheltenham: Joe Morrell and Joe Rodon are available for selection after returning from playing with the Wales Under-21 squad, whilst Sanmi Odelusi is set to be assessed after missing the Crawley encounter.

Carlisle: Jamal Campbell-Ryce could be involved after recovering from a calf injury, whilst fellow wingers Reggie Lamb and Kris Twardek will return after missing the Cambridge game through international duty.

The man in the middle:

Referee Nicholas Kingsley will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. His assistants are Mark Griffiths and John Farries, whilst the fourth official is Abbas Khan.

Last time we met:          

19/08/17 - Carlisle 3-0 Cheltenham (L2)

28/02/17 - Cheltenham 1-0 Carlisle (L2)

16/08/16 - Carlisle 1-1 Cheltenham (L2)

03/03/15 - Carlisle 1-0 Cheltenham (L2)

19/08/14 - Cheltenham 0-0 Carlisle (L2)

Ticket Information:

Fans are advised that tickets will be available from the Ticket Office right up until kick-off.

Supporters will be able to buy tickets in person from the Ticket Office on matchday and you can also buy tickets online by clicking HERE

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the LCI Rail Stadium.

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