Accrington Stanley vs Carlisle United Match Analysis & Prediction
05/09/2023 9:45 pm
Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United will both kick off their 2023-24 EFL Trophy campaigns when they meet on Tuesday night.
The two teams traded divisions in the 2022-23 season, with Accrington relegated from League One, and Carlisle promoted from League Two.
Having made the semi-finals of this competition last season, ultimately losing 2-0 to eventual winners Bolton Wanderers, John Coleman will be hoping for another fine effort from his players despite returning to League One being his main priority for the campaign.
While in theory Accrington may be expected to lose to their forthcoming opponents given that they are now competing in a division below them, Coleman will be determined for home advantage at Crown Ground to help them to all three points on Tuesday.
Carlisle United collected just two points from three group matches in the EFL Trophy last season, suggesting it is unlikely to be of much interest to Paul Simpson and his players, who will be highly motivated to avoid an instant return to League Two.
As such, while they will be hoping to win in the North West in order to boost their confidence even further after earning a priceless victory at the weekend, another disappointing return in this competition may not be the end of the world for them.
Accrington Stanley vs. Carlisle United Head to head
In the 14 previous meetings between these two teams, Accrington Stanley have claimed four victories while Carlisle United have won seven, and they have drawn in three. Carlisle have scored 21 goals and conceded 16 in the process.
16/02/2016Accrington Stanley1Carlisle United1League Two
03/09/2016Carlisle United1Accrington Stanley1League Two
21/01/2017Accrington Stanley1Carlisle United1League Two
09/09/2017Accrington Stanley3Carlisle United0League Two
26/12/2017Carlisle United3Accrington Stanley1League Two
Accrington Stanley Team News
Accrington will remain without midfielder Joe Pritchard due to a long-term Achilles tendon injury, with Coleman likely to be tempted to ring the changes for this game.
The likes of Dan Martin, Connor O’Brien and Aaron Pickles could be handed opportunities after being unused substitutes last time out.
Accrington Stanley's Last 5 Matches
12/08/2023Gillingham1Accrington Stanley0League Two
15/08/2023Accrington Stanley1Barrow1League Two
19/08/2023Accrington Stanley2Harrogate Town1League Two
26/08/2023Salford City1Accrington Stanley2League Two
02/09/2023Notts County3Accrington Stanley1League Two
Carlisle United Team News
Joe Garner will expect to receive a starting berth after coming off the bench to seal Carlisle’s first league win of the season against Shrewsbury.
Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Tomas Holy is likely to be handed an opportunity to impress in goal, with Alfie McCalmont set to appear in midfield having joined on loan from Leeds United.
Carlisle United's Last 5 Matches
12/08/2023Oxford United1Carlisle United0League One
15/08/2023Carlisle United1Wigan Athletic1League One
19/08/2023Carlisle United0Exeter City2League One
26/08/2023Port Vale1Carlisle United0League One
02/09/2023Carlisle United2Shrewsbury Town0League One
Accrington Stanley vs. Carlisle United: Odds and Predictions
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