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Match Preview - Rovers v Carlisle

8 October 2021

Rovers welcome Chris Beech's Carlisle United to the Mem this weekend. Rovers will be looking to bounce back after defeat last time out against Swindon Town.

Rovers head into the Carlisle United match off the back of a frustrating 1-3 home defeat at the hand's of local rivals, Swindon Town. The last meeting between Rovers and the Blues came in 2016 with Rovers losing 3-2 at Brunton Park. Below is all the infomation you need ahead of Saturday's fixture.

Manager's Preview

Joey Barton spoke with the local press at the Quarters Training Ground ahead of Saturday's fixture against Carlisle United at the Mem. 

Opposition View

Carlisle United Manager Chris Beech gave an insight into the approach of Saturday's visitors, telling, “The first goal is always important and clean sheets are obviously a good foundation for everything else you want to do.

“There needs to be a balance in your play, especially when you’re playing away, but the most important factor is to make sure that you’re on your game.

“Within that individuals need to make good, positive decisions and they need to work together and show cohesion in their approach.

“Whether they’re attacking as a unit, working hard to get the ball back, passing and moving to create space or backing each other up, it all has to be done as one.

“All of those elements have been there in recent games but we’ve got to move on from that point and remain strong mentally."


Form Guide

Carlisle are currently in 19th place in the Sky Bet League Two with 10 points from 10 games so far this season. Results wise, Carlisle have won one of their last six games in the league with that win coming at home against Salford City. Carlisle are on a run of two defeats in a row in the league with their previous two results being a 4-0 away defeat to Sutton United and a 0-2 home defeat against league leaders, Forest Green Rovers. Chris Beech's team have picked up four points on their travels so far this season.


Stat Attack 

Carlisle's four away goals this term have all come from four separate goalscorers (Joe Riley, Jon Mellish, Tristian Abrahams and Zack Clough. Three of those goals away from home have come in the first half.

Saturday's opponents have conceded the first goal in 4 out of their last five games and have behind at the halfway stage in four out of their last five outings.

Harry Anderson scored his first Rovers goal last weekend. The winger has played the most league minutes of any Rovers player this season (812) and is the only player to feature in every league game so far this campaign.

Rovers have scored nine league goals this season, with nine separate goalscorers on the scoresheet. Last season, Rovers recorded 13 different league goalscorers across the entire campaign. 

Joey Barton and Chris Beech have met on one occasion before in opposing dugouts, with Barton recording a win in the EFL Group stage over Carlisle back in September 2019 with Fleetwood. Harvey Saunders scored two goals in that fixture, resulting in a 3-1 win for Barton's Fleetwood.

Ref Watch

Charles Breakspear is the man in charge of Saturday's contest. Breakspear has officiated on 11 games already this season, tallying 44 yellow cards and 2 red cards. His last game in charge of Rovers came at Blackpool last season. He also took charge of our visit to Burton, when he produced 4 yellow cards and one red, dismissing Luke McCormick for two yellow cards. The Surrey-based official took charge of the Sky Bet League Two play-off final last season. In the 25 games he has taken charge in Sky Bet League Two, he averages 25.84 fouls and 3.64 yellow cards.


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have Rovers priced at 13/2 to record a 1-0 victory on Saturday. 

On the goalscorer markets, Harry Anderson is 8/1 to score first and Aaron Collins is 12/5 to be on the scoresheet at any time.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly. 

Matchday Info

All the info you need to plan your trip to the Mem can be found below. The article covers how to buy tickets, bar and shop opening times and details on how to buy a 50:50 ticket or a programme. 


Matchday Guide - Rovers v Carlisle

How to Follow the Match

Due to the international break, Saturday's game is available to watch live on iFollow. A match pass is priced at £10, with the majority of the revenue coming back to the football club. 

To buy a match pass, click HERE.



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