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Carlisle vs. Bradford Prediction, Tips & Stats

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          Carlisle vs. Bradford Prediction, Tips & Stats

          Carlisle United face Bradford City in the second leg of the League Two play-off semi-final with all still to play for.

          Carlisle won't be too disappointed in the result from the first leg as they enter this game with only a one goal deficit having been beaten 1-0 in Bradford.

          It was a very even encounter and Carlisle will be disappointed not to have taken at least a draw from the opening leg but they won't be too disappointed given their task is hardly herculean.

          They do enter this game in poor form, however, having won just one of their last seven matches and two of their last twelve and it feels as though they could be tailing off at the worst possible time.

          Their form at home isn't that much more encouraging either, with Carlisle having won just one of their last five games on home soil.

          This is a finely balanced tie and Carlisle no doubt have it in them to progress to the final, but they need to find a big performance that's been missing from their play for a number of weeks now.

          It's do or die for a club that may not find themselves in this position again for some time.

          Bradford City will be satisfied with their 1-0 lead coming into this game as they know they only need to avoid defeat to book their place at Wembley.

          It's easier said than done, of course, but they'll be confident in the knowledge that Carlisle aren't an insurmountable challenge on their own turf have struggled at home of late.

          Bradford's form has been solid enough of late having won two, drawn one and lost one of their last four games and they can take confidence from the fact they turned over promoted Northampton Town away from home in that period, a performance they may need to replicate in here in order to progress.

          Their away form in general has been mixed having won two, drawn one and lost one of their last five games on the road.

          Games between these two have been extremely tight this season with the three encounters ending in one win for each side and a draw.

          Bradford did lose 1-0 when visiting this ground back in December and that could be playing on their minds heading into this one.

          Either way, it seems overwhelmingly likely we'll get another tight encounter with both sides giving as good as they get.

          For our Carlisle vs. Bradford prediction, we're going for a 1-1 draw.

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          Carlisle Team News

          Paul Simpson could attempt to shake up the Carlisle attack by introducing Krystian Dennis and Ryan Edmondson into the starting XI after his side struggled in front of goal in the first leg.

          Jonathan Mellish remains unavailable through suspension with Alfie McCalmont set to retain his place in the XI.

          Bradford Team News

          Harry Chapman and Vadaine Oliver both continue to miss out through injury.

          Mark Hughes is expected to name an unchanged XI from the one that started the 1-0 win in the first leg.

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