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We take a closer look at this weekend's opponents

10 November 2017

Club News


We take a closer look at this weekend's opponents

10 November 2017

After two home cup games already this week, United are once again on home soil this weekend as they return to the bread and butter of league action.

Keith Curle’s side will be looking to build on the point achieved at Chesterfield in their last Sky Bet League Two outing as the Blues look to climb up up the table.

Standing in their way on Saturday will be a Yeovil Town side who sit only one point and place below the Cumbrians, and will be keen themselves to push upwards.

We put Darren Way’s men under the spotlight ahead of their visit to the Brunton Park:

Slow Start - But Improving

Yeovil’s season arguably couldn’t have got off to a worse start, thanks to an 8-2 drubbing away at Luton on the opening day, but they’ve recovered from that early setback well.

Just one win in the whole of September saw them slide down the table, but recent form has been far more encouraging.

The Glovers have lost just one of their last six games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last four - so Carlisle will have to be wary this weekend.

That fine form has seen Way’s side climb to 17th in the table, hot on the heels of United.

Familiar Faces Return

There could well be one ex-Blue lining up against United at Brunton Park this weekend - although another will miss out through suspension.

Popular striker Francois Zoko spent two years in Cumbria and became a firm favourite among the Blues’ faithful - but he’ll sit out the trip to Brunton Park after seeing red for a high foot in the Glovers’ last league outing.

Yeovil’s captain is also a recognisable figure, with James Bailey being handed the armband at Huish Park after joining Way’s side from the Blues this summer.

The experienced midfielder joined Carlisle midway through last season and featured prominently as the Blues reached the play-off semi-finals.

What Does History Tell Us?

The two sides have met regularly in recent years - and it’s United who have the better of the meetings.

Of the 22 times the pair have faced off, the Cumbrians have claimed victory in 10 of them with Yeovil triumphant on seven occasions.

Recent form certainly favours Carlisle, too, with the Blues unbeaten in their last ten meetings against the Glovers.

Last season saw two United victories, including a 2-0 victory at Huish Park and a 2-1 success at Brunton Park in the final home game before Christmas.

Watch highlights from last season's 2-1 home victory below:

Watch highlights from last season's 2-0 away victory below:

Fortress Brunton

Curle will be hoping his side can pick up a home win this weekend, and United can take comfort in the fact their record against Yeovil on home soil is rather impressive.

Of the eleven meetings between the two sides at Brunton Park, Carlisle have lost only twice - with the last of those defeats coming in 2011.

Since then, the Cumbrians have welcomed the Glovers North on five occasions and have won the four of them - the sole draw being an FA Cup meeting held at Bloomfield Road in 2016.

Ones to Watch

+ Artur Krysiak - Now entering his fourth season at Huish Park, the Polish stopper has been a popular figure among supporters since his arrival from Exeter City in 2014. Tall, commanding and assertive in the area, Krysiak has made the number one shirt his own and is a reliable last line of defence for the Glovers.

+ Otis Khan - With five goals to his name already this season, Khan has continued the remarkable form that saw him become a fans’ favourite during his first season in Somerset. Formerly of Manchester United and Barnsley, the winger joined the Glovers last season and impressed with some lively attacking displays, earning him a contract extension ahead of the new campaign. He comes alive around the area and isn’t afraid to shoot from distance - United will need to be wary.

+ Connor Smith - A summer addition, the central midfielder joined on a free transfer from Plymouth Argyle and has been a regular in the first team this season. Formerly of Watford, Smith has already been promoted from League Two twice, with the Pilgrims and AFC Wimbledon. That experience will undoubtedly be useful as Yeovil look to surge up the table.

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