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Seven league places, but just three points, separate Cambridge United from their opponents in this weekend’s League Two clash, and a convincing win for the hosts would see them rise in the table. Joe Dunne’s men will be keen to shrug off recent poor league form, but the majority of Cambridge vs Carlisle betting tips will take account of the fact that John Sheridan’s side have been in excellent form against sides in the lower half of the table. A tough challenge awaits the U’s at the Abbey Stadium this afternoon.

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08. September 2018 | 15:00
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Although Cambridge hold home advantage here, it’s not been of much help to them in their last two games on the banks of the Cam. Picking Carlisle to win, at a reasonably lengthy 2/1 with Paddy Power, might be a very smart move. Coral, meanwhile, have odds of 12/5 on the visitors winning and there being more than 2.5 goals in the game, which is certainly a possibility given the two sides’ form in recent games. If you want to get a little more specific, then 888sport have perhaps the Cambridge vs Carlisle best odds of the afternoon, offering 10/1 on a 2-1 win for the visiting Cumbrians.

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Cambridge vs Carlisle Betting Tips: Form Guide

Cambridge Need An Education In Defence

Although they’ve scored a reasonable average of one goal per game (six played, six scored), Cambridge are in a relatively lowly 17th place because they can’t keep the opposition out. They did keep a clean sheet against Stevenage in their most recent game, a 1-0 win, but home defeats by Exeter and Cheltenham followed on from a 2-2 draw with Northampton in which the U’s trailed twice and had to find a late equaliser through Irish midfielder Gary Deegan. Indeed, the Stevenage match is the only game so far this season in which Dunne’s side have managed to keep the opposition out for 90 minutes.

More concerning is the manner of those two defeats. Exeter are a solid enough side and will be there or thereabouts when promotion spots are being decided at the end of the season, so there’s no shame in losing to them, but 0-2 at home is never a great result. As for Cheltenham, if a side like Cambridge are to have any hope of leaving League Two via the skylight rather than the trapdoor they need to be taking three points against that level of opposition, not letting them leave with the win.

Any Cambridge vs Carlisle match previews worth reading will note that the hosts are struggling to find a reliable goalscorer. Striker Adebayo Azeez notched twice in the side’s only other win so far this season, a 3-2 victory over Notts County, but hasn’t hit the net since. Without more productivity from their forward players, Cambridge will struggle.

Blues Seeking Consistency

Carlisle come into this game just three points ahead of their opponents, and while Cambridge won their last game, the Blues were on the losing side of theirs, suffering a 1-0 reverse at the hands of Mansfield. However, Sheridan won’t be panicking over a single loss, particularly as his side picked up ten points in the four preceding games, including three consecutive wins.

Each win was by a single-goal margin, which can be seen by optimists as a sign that they have the nerve to hold on to a tight win, or by pessimists as a sign that they’re struggling over the line. A decent home win over Port Vale, by a 2-1 margin, may have looked a little squeaky, but the hosts went into the last five minutes leading 2-0 before a late rally by Vale made it a bit more nervous.

Either side of that win came two 1-0 victories against Crewe and Cheltenham, which showcased the partnership developing between strikers Richie Bennett and Ashley Nadesan. Bennett assisted his strike partner for the winner against Crewe, returning the favour from when Nadesan provided the decisive pass at Cheltenham. If our Cambridge vs Carlisle betting tips for today are to prove well-founded, those two will need to find their spark.

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The Last Five Games

Cambridge United VS. Carlisle United

  • Cambridge Form2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Cambridge Goals5 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Carlisle Form3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Carlisle Goals6 goals in the last 5 matches
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Cambridge vs Carlisle Preview: Recent Meetings

These sides met twice last season, a campaign in which both fell narrowly short of the promotion play-offs. The most recent meeting came at Carlisle’s Brunton Park and ended 1-1. Bennett was on the scoresheet for the hosts that day, with the equaliser coming from the U’s George Maris.

The last time they met at the Abbey Stadium, it was the visitors who came away with the points. After an early opener from Reggie Lambe had been cancelled out by a Medy Elito penalty for the hosts, it was defender Tom Parkes who put the visitors back ahead, this time for good, as he tapped home an equaliser from a Miller header.

Cambridge vs Carlisle Prediction: Gutsy Away Win

This game looks hard to call, especially with both sides picking up results in their last game that went against their recent form. Are Cambridge just hitting top gear? Are Carlisle slipping back? We’ll have our answer by 4:50pm, but you can’t draw a conclusion from a single game. Carlisle certainly seem to have the more reliable unit based on recent games, and with the U’s not showing anything resembling home comfort when they play at the Abbey, we know where our expectations tilt.

Our Cambridge vs Carlisle prediction is a straightforward one – it’s Carlisle to win this one, not least because they have recently and repeatedly shown the mettle to win a tight match. We would expect this to be another narrow one; like all of Carlisle’s wins so far we wouldn’t expect the margin to be more than a single goal. While there is a chance that the hosts could grab the win they need to climb closer to their opponents in the table, the balance of probability hints at Carlisle making the long trip back North with three points in the cargo hold.

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