The Opposition: Morecambe v Carlisle

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Morecambe will look for a first win in eight League 2 games when play-off chasing Carlisle visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Manager

Keith Curle

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley was the former Manchester City captain’s boot boy as a youngster at Maine Road with the pair set to lock horns on the touchline on Saturday. Former Mansfield and Notts County boss arrived at Brunton Park in September 2014 and after steering Carlisle to safety last season has his eyes on a bigger prize this season with the Cumbrians well in the play-off hunt.

Key Man

Jabo Ibehre

Well-travelled front man scored his 15th of the season in 1-0 win over Stevenage on Saturday. The 33-year-old former Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons and Colchester front man was sent off by Carnforth referee Jeremy Simpson after just 34 seconds in the recent draw with Accrington only for the red card for a high foot to be overturned.

Form

Carlisle sit 12th in League 2 but are just four points outside the play-off places with games in hand on almost all the teams around them. Lost 1-0 at AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night with goalkeeper Mark Gillespie sent off. Fine cup runs have seen the Cumbrians lose out to Liverpool in the League Cup and Everton in the FA Cup this season.

History

Shrimps’ 3-2 win at Brunton Park in October was their first ever win over the Blues at the 10th attempt, Shaun Miller’s brace helping Bentley’s side come from behind for victory. Despite it being a first win the majority of the games have ended as draws with seven meetings ending all square. Last season’s game at the Globe Arena was one of the two Carlisle wins, David Amoo scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win on Boxing Day 2014.

Possible line-up

Hanford, McQueen, Raynes, Ellis, Atkinson, Kennedy, Joyce, Comley, Hope, Wyke, Ibehre.

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