League Two, kick-off at 3:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 from Colchester Community Stadium
Just a point stands between Colchester and Carlisle going into this weekend’s meeting at the Community Stadium, the pair treading water down in 15th and 16th. Despite promising much to fans in pre-season, these rivals are closer to the relegation zone than the promotion places. Who will drag themselves up the table?
Bookmakers are siding with a home win, making The U’s favourite for all three points, but are well aware of the competitiveness of this division, meaning there’s plenty of value around. Fancy taking a shot at the upset? We’ll tell you who will win and how they’ll do it through our betting tips and predictions.
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Team News – Colchester
John McGreal’s side appear to have come out the other end of a sticky start to the season and line-up for this match on the back of a three-match unbeaten run, a draw followed by two wins on the bounce. Their losing run was halted with a share of the spoils vs Grimsby on the road, before improving on that to scalp Yeovil at the end of September and Mansfield in their first league start of October. A solid platform on which to launch their comeback.
It was a hassle-free win over Mansfield too, Sean Murray scoring the opener on 29 minutes to settle nerves amongst home fans. The same player had a big hand in tying things up, laying it on a plate for Mikael Madron to notch a second less than five minutes later. That quick-fire double was more than enough to seal the deal, the winners then sitting tight and seeing the game out in a professional manner. The stats show Colchester had just three shots on target that day, but scored two of them.
That kind of return will see them better most opponents at this level of football, and they’ve been picked out to bank another three points on Saturday. Colchester strolled to a fantastic 4-1 win when last hosting Carlisle earlier this year. Take them -1 on the handicap again at 7/2 with Betfair. A nice price, but surely one for the betting tips and predictions of loyal fans only. A local win, regardless of how they achieve it, is 13/10 when shopping at Coral.
Team News – Carlisle
Despite a top-six finish last term, Carlisle find themselves in a heap of trouble down at the wrong end of the table, looking over their shoulders as opposed to up through the ranks. They’ve not lost out on anything after 12 games, and are only seven points off the top-seven, but the gap between themselves and Luton in third is already 10 points, meaning improvement must come sooner rather than later.
Their last five results are made up of two wins, two defeats and a draw, but they ended as the losing side last time out, beaten 1-0 by Exeter at home. A win would have surprised no one, but The Cumbrians were unable to deliver, Pierce Sweeney scoring a powerful header on 49 minutes to pile misery on local fans, who have had very little to shout about so far. Carlisle were not without chances of their own, but put only three of 15 shots on target.
That wastefulness in the final third will get them nowhere, and bookies are all against the visitors when putting together their book. A Carlisle win is 2/1 across the board, and we must admit that does look fair. Recent results make them 2/1 shots, but the fact there’s not a lot between these teams means that could be seen as a value play.
Colchester vs Carlisle – League Two Tips and Betting Predictions
This won’t be the most exciting game of the weekend, and we’re struggling to envisage a match that’s going to keep us entertained with goals and quality football. Carlisle created lots of chances last week, but couldn’t score. Colchester didn’t get a lot of the ball in front of goal, but took the crumbs that did come their way. Therefore, we’re with the market here, Colchester taken as the NAP of our betting tips at 13/10 (Coral).
A close, nervy 90 minutes expected, 1-0 Colchester stands out as the pick of our correct score predictions, and backers who want to follow our thinking should get their money down at Bet Victor. Our play is third favourite, a cracking 19/2 currently doing the rounds. Keep your stakes at interest level and enjoy a shot at big returns.
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