Carlisle will be aiming to get back to winning ways as they are set to host Tranmere Rovers at Brunton Park on Friday afternoon.
The home side currently find themselves in 4th place in the League Two table and are just two points behind Stevenage who occupy the final automatic playoff position, but Stevenage have played one less game than Carlisle.
Carlisle come into this weekend on a poor run of form that has seen them gain just two points from their last four games. Notably, they have recorded a draw against fellow promotion-chasing Stevenage and a slender defeat to relegation-threatened Gillingham.
Most worryingly for Carlisle is that they have failed to score in each of their last four league games, a stark contrast to four games prior to this, where they scored 10 times. Last time out, the Blues were defeated by the league leaders Leyton Orient.
Orient controlled most phases of the game and had more possession, shots, and shots on target than Carlisle. A Jon James Mellish own goal in the second period was the only goal in the game as Carlisle extended their run of games without a win to four.
Tranmere look destined for another season in League Two next time round as they are comfortably sitting in mid-table, in 14th position. Rovers are currently 13 points below the playoff places and 15 points above the relegation zone.
Rovers come into this game following an inconsistent run of form which has been symptomatic of their season thus far. Tranmere are without a win in their last five league outings, a run of form which has seen Micky Mellon receive the sack.
After over two years at the helm, the Tranmere board have relieved Mick Mellon of his duties as it became evident that he would not be the man to lead Rovers back into the third tier of English football. Ian Dawes will step in as caretaker manager assisted by Andy Parkinson whilst options are considered in preparation for the new season.
Under their caretaker manager last time out, Tranmere were held to a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Harrogate Town. Rovers found themselves a goal down within the opening five minutes but managed to quickly find a reply and the game finished 1-1 despite both teams having good chances.
These sides have already met twice this campaign as they were drawn against each other in the FA Cup as well as the reverse fixture in the league. In the FA Cup first round, Carlisle goals either side of the break was enough to see the Cumbrians into the hat for the second round as the game finished 2-1.
Whilst in the reverse fixture in the league it was a similar story, as Kristian Dennis goals either side of halftime gave Carlisle a 2-0 victory, despite the fact that they had less possession and shots than Tranmere.
Carlisle are heavily favoured at the bookies ahead of this clash and are currently priced @ ⅘ to record victory, whilst an away victory for Tranmere is priced @ 7/2 and a draw is @ 23/10. We are backing Kristian Dennis to score first as he has been very impressive this season, netting 18 times already.