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PREVIEW: Carlisle United v Coventry City - The Cumbrians host the Sky Blues at Brunton Park

City face Carlisle in SkyBet League Two...

29 December 2017

Venue: Bruton Park, Carlisle.

Competition: SkyBet League Two

Date: Saturday, 30th December 2017.

Kick-Off: 3pm

The Sky Blues head to Brunton Park to face Carlisle United in SkyBet League Two as they look to get their festive period back on track with a win on the road.

Mark Robins' side have not won away from home since last months 2-1 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank and City look set to be without Peter Vincenti as he awaits news on a knee injury picked up before Christmas.

Vincenti joins Liam Kelly (heel), Jodi Jones (ACL) and Tony Andreu (ACL) on the sidelines.

Carlisle boss Keith Curle could name an unchanged side for the fourth game on the bounce if Shaun Miller fails to fight his way into the side.

The former Coventry man come off the bench to score on Boxing Day and could feature as the Cumbrians target a fourth win in twelve days.

The Opponents

The Cumbrians started the summer with the free signings of Bury duo Hallam Hope and Kelvin Etuhu. Formerly of Everton and England U19s, Hope scored four in 21 appearances last campaign on loan from Bury and provides Carlisle with some much-needed fire power.

Likely to partner Hope in attack, Sky Blue fans will remember Shaun Miller who joined the ranks at the Ricoh Arena in 2014 making 12 appearances before heading out on loan to Crawley Town and York City.

Attempting to stop the Sky Blues from finding the net tomorrow is likely to be defensive duo Gary Liddle and Mark Ellis. Ellis achieved promotion to the Football League last season while on loan at Forest Green Rovers whereas Liddle was relegated with Chesterfield.

Earlier This Season

The Sky Blues are yet again presented with a chance to complete their first double of the season after second-half goals from Duckens Nazon and Peter Vincenti helped City to victory over the Cumbrians at the Ricoh in September.

Nazon, in for the injured Andreu, gave Mark Robins’ side the lead just after half-time before Peter Vincenti grabbed his first goal for the club with ten minutes to go.

Tom Davies, who picked up the man of the match award, and Jordan Willis remained solid in defence earning City their fifth clean sheet in just seven games.

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