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Preview: Carlisle United v Fleetwood Town

1 September 2020

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Fleetwood Town face Carlisle United on Tuesday 1 September at Brunton Park in the EFL Trophy, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 7pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Carlisle United v Fleetwood Town

Competition: EFL Trophy​

Date: Tuesday 1 September 2020

Kick-off: 19:00

Venue: Brunton Park, Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1LL

Match officials: Benjamin Speedie (Referee), Matthew Parry & Gareth Mellor (Assistants), Adam Herczeg (Fourth Official) ​

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The Cod Army have had a packed pre-season over the past few week, which started with a friendly against tonight’s opponents at Poolfoot Farm. The two sides met at Fleetwood’s training complex in Thornton, which saw the home side come out on top – beating Carlisle 4-2 on the day.

The Cod Army came out of their first game victors after goals from Ched Evans, Shayden Morris, a trialist and an own goal from a Carlisle defender. The game also saw the debut of midfielder Callum Camps, who impressed in his first time in a Fleetwood shirt.

Since then, they have faced off against Stockport County, Port Vale, Blackburn Rovers and Darlington respectively. All those games have been preparing the side for competitive fixtures, which start tonight against The Cumbrians.

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Carlisle have been busy throughout the off-season period – both in the transfer market and on the pitch.

Tonight’s opposition have made 13 signings so far this summer, with eight of them joining within a week of each other. To save time here’s a list of all the names and positions (in chronological order): George Tanner (defender), Rod McDonald (defender), Gavin Reilly (forward), Josh Kayode (forward), Joe Riley (defender), Jack Armer (defender), Jack Devine (midfielder), Magnus Norman (goalkeeper), Brennan Dickenson (midfielder), Paul Farman (goalkeeper), Gime Touré (forward), Marcus Dewhurst (goalkeeper), Dean Furman (midfielder).

The Cumbrians’ latest pre-season friendly was one against Liverpool U23s, which finished 4-1 to the Reds. Before that, they lost to Sunderland, beat Wigan Athletic, drew with Gateshead, and lost to Fleetwood Town.

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One for Fleetwood fans to keep an eye out for is forward, Joshua Kayode. The 20-year-old spent the latter half of last season on loan at The Cumbrians, and made an instant impact, scoring three goals in his first five games.

That form made Carlisle manager Chris Beech opt to take him on for a further 12-months on loan from his parent club, Rotherham United.

Kayode, a product of The Millers’ academy, has previously spent some time on loan at Gateshead, where he showed he could find the net – scoring nine goals in 27 appearances in the Vanarama National League North.

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Supporters can now purchase video match passes for tonight’s EFL Trophy tie against Carlisle United at Brunton Park now.

With games still being played behind closed doors, the match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army during the early stages of the 2020/21 season.

Complementary passes will be distributed to Onward Card holders for any home league games which are behind closed doors, but you can now stream live video of cup and away fixtures for just £10.

If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.

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Fleetwood are 3/4 to pick up all three points away at Carlisle. A draw between the two sides is priced at 23/10, with a home win at 3/1.

Sky Bet have priced Ched Evans as their most likely goal scorer for the Cod Army, pricing him at 7/2 to score first, whereas Gime Touré is 11/2 for the same bet.

To match the 4-2 score line from pre-season at Poolfoot Farm, Sky Bet have priced it at 40/1.

How about the 2-1 score line from the last time these two sides met in a competitive fixture back in 2017, which is 13/2

For more odds on SkyBet, click HERE Please remember to bet and gamble responsibly.

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Report: Saunders brace helps Fleetwood beat Carlisle

1 September 2020

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Fleetwood Town came away victors in their first competitive game of the season as they beat Carlisle United 3-1 in the EFL Trophy at Brunton Park.

Gime Touré opened the scoring for the hosts early on, before Callum Camps leveled it up just before the half. Harvey Saunders made the difference in the second half as his brace won all three points for the Cod Army in Cumbria.

The first chance of the game fell to James Hill in the eighth minute as Whelan’s out-swinging corner found the head of Hill but his effort sailed just over the bar.

A few minutes later, Fleetwood came close once again. Josh Morris found himself in a yard of space 20 yards out, striking the ball towards goal, which was spilled by Paul Farman into the path of Callum Camps, whose shot was saved.

At the other end, Touré almost found a way through for the hosts when he found himself in on goal and forced a save out of Joel Coleman. Gavin Reilly saw his rebound shot effortlessly tipped over by Fleetwood’s number one.

Morris found himself at the heart of the action once again. His freekick found Saunders at the back post but Farman got a hand to the ball to prevent the cut-back to keep the score level.

Soon after, Coutts spotted Wes Burns on the run and fed it into his path, he pulled the ball back to Saunders whose shot went just wide of the post.

Even though Fleetwood continued to press, it was Carlisle who had the next chance – on the counter-attack. Anderton’s deflected effort from the edge of the area was pushed over the bar by Coleman. The Cumbrians took the lead from the resulting corner when Touré forced the ball over the line.

A minute before the break, Joey Barton’s side responded. After a midfield splitting pass from Glenn Whelan, Danny Andrew found himself with space on the left. His low, a driven cross found Callum Camps in the middle who slotted the ball into the back of the net to make things all square at the break.

The first chance of the second half came after a lapse of concentration amongst the Fleetwood backline allowing Reilly to win the ball. Coleman was alert and intervened with a superb sliding challenge.

Fleetwood took the lead 57 minutes in after Coutts whipped the ball in towards the back post and found Saunders, whose diving header nestled into the back of the net to give his side the lead.

After a piece of hold up play from Camps, Andrews delivers the ball into the area towards Saunders who rises high ahead of his marker to head home his second of the game doubling his team’s lead.

Saunders had the chance to grab his hat-trick from another Coutts delivery. This time, his strike could only find the side netting.

Carlisle came close to pulling a goal back after Toure’s shot was deflected out of Coleman’s reach but fortunately, it looped just over the bar. Toure received a late red card after kicking out at Fleetwood’s Wes Burns.

Fleetwood will take the confidence from this win into this Saturday’s Carabao Cup Round One tie against Wigan Athletic at Highbury Stadium – with kick-off being 3pm on the day.

Carlisle XI: Farman (GK), Tanner, Anderton (C), Devine, Hayden, Riley, Alessandra, Reilly, Mellish, McDonald, Toure

Bench: Dewhurst (GK), Hunt, Charters, Furman, Birch, Armstrong, Bell

Fleetwood XI: Coleman (GK), Andrew, Whelan, Burns, Camps, J.Morris, Coutts (C), Saunders, Garner, Holgate, Hill

Bench: Cairns (GK), Evans, Baggley, Rydel, Matete, Johnson, S.Morris

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