The second home game in a week sees Carlisle United make the trip south to the Wham Stadium.

With both sides still very much in the promotion picture at the top end of League Two it’s a game with big potential implications.

The Reds will be keen to make amends for a 2-0 defeat at Brunton Park earlier this month.

The Opposition

After a campaign spent battling relegation last time out, Carlisle are now fighting at the other end of the League Two table.

Keith Curle’s side are targetting a return to the third tier, a level they last played at in May 2014.

A decade on from winning the League Two title they’ll be out to notch up another promotion if they can, in the face of the adversity brought about by terrible flooding in and around the city.


Carlisle appointed Keith Curle as manager until the end of the 2015/16 season in September 2014.

Curle, 51, made more than 700 appearances in a senior career which spanned over 24 years for the likes of Wimbledon, Manchester City, Wolves and Sheffield United.

He started his managerial career as player-manager with Mansfield Town and has also held the reins at Chester City, Torquay United and Notts County.

One to Watch

Ibehre started his career with Leyton Orient and went on to make almost 250 appearances during his eight-year stay with the club.

The striker joined Walsall and then MK Dons, including loan spells with Southend, Stockport and Colchester before joining the Us permanently, while he also had loan periods with Oldham and Barnsley.

He joined Carlisle in the summer and has been a revelation this season with 14 goals so far.

Form Guide

Stanley: WLWLW

The Reds returned to winning ways at the weekend with a 4-1 victory over Crawley Town.

They’re unbeaten at the Wham Stadium since October.

John Coleman’s team are sixth in the table, seven points from the automatic places and a point better off than eighth placed Bristol Rovers.

Carlisle United: DDLWL

United’s win over the Reds a fortnight ago is their only normal time victory in their last five matches in all competitions.

However, their 1-0 defeat to Newport on Saturday was only their second in League Two since mid-November.

They sit 12th in the table but only six points from the play-offs with games in hand.

Stanley Team News

Shay McCartan begins a three match ban following his red card against Crawley, while midfielder Matt Crooks is suspended for two matches after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season in that game.

The Reds await news on the appeal against Jason Mooney’s dismissal to see whether he can feature or not.

Dean Winnard (chest) and Josh Windass (hernia) are the only confirmed injury absentees.

Admission Details

Please note prices for this fixture remain at the 2015 prices set for the originally scheduled fixture on Boxing Day.

Adults £20
Concessions (Over 65′s & Students*) £15
Under 18′s £10
Accompanied Under 12′s^ £5

*all students must show valid student ID at the turnstile or ticket office
^all under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult

Match Coverage

The official website will have live text commentary on the game.

There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.

At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.