Competition: EFL Trophy
Market: Fleetwood Town win
Odds: 10/11 @ 888sport
Two sides opening their EFL Trophy adventure in midweek, League Two’s Carlisle will welcome Fleetwood to an empty Brunton Park on Tuesday night.
Starting with the hosts, picking up a shock 2-1 victory against Wigan in a behind closed doors friendly last week, Carlisle had managed to show some real signs of life before the League Two campaign was brought to an early halt. However, while Chris Beech’s men might have been last seen on fourth-tier duties picking up a 2-0 win against Newport back in March, the Cumbrians did have a reputation for their continued inconstancies on home soil. Including what turned out to be a 3-0 drumming at the hands of Colchester earlier in the year, Carlisle remarkably managed to clinch just a pair of victories over their final 11 League Two contests Brunton Park. In for what is a tricky return to competitive action, Tuesday’s hosts should be in for another tough test in Cumbria.
As for the visitors, after crashing out of the League One’s play-offs over the summer against eventual winners Wycombe, Fleetwood will simply be looking to pick up an early morale boost on Tuesday night. Although Joey Barton’s men might have struggled to find their best form during pre-season and looking for a response after back-to-back friendly defeats against Blackburn and Port Vale, the Reds had previously gained a reputation for their performances on the road and will also be boosted by what is a rather rampant record against their fourth-tier opponents in midweek. Picking up a 3-1 romp when they made the trip to Brunton Park last year, Fleetwood have landed back-to-back victories against Carlisle and we’re backing a similar outcome when the Reds travel to Cumbria this week.
Bet: Fleetwood Town 10/11 to beat Carlisle in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy matchup @ 888sport
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