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OPPOSITION GUIDE: CARLISLE UNITED

20 September 2019

City return to the Utilita Energy Stadium on Saturday, hosting Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two (3.00pm)

The Cumbrians currently sit 17th in the league table, but have lost just one of their previous five matches.

We have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow’s visitors...

SUMMER TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Brunton Park outfit have been busy throughout the summer, reshuffling their playing staff with 15 new signings and 13 departures.

Ins: Candice Carroll (Brentford, loan), Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City), Byron Webster (Scunthorpe United), Nathan Thomas (Sheffield United, loan), Mohammed Sagaf (Braintree), Jack Iredale (Greenock Morton), Elias Sörensen (Newcastle United, loan), Jack Bridge (Northampton Town), Jonathan Mellish (Gateshead), Harry McKirdy (Aston Villa), Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle), Aaron Hayden (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Olufela Olomola (Scunthorpe United, loan), Ryan Loft (Leicester City, loan), Gethin Jones (released). 

Outs: Arthur Gnahoua (Macclesfield Town), Gary Liddle (Walsall), Macauley Gillesphey (Brisbane Roar), Anthony Gerrard (Chesterfield), George Glendon (Chester), Peter Grant (Greenock Morton), Richie Bennett (Port Vale), Jamie Devitt (Blackpool), Gary Miller (Falkirk), Jason Kennedy (Hartlepool United), Tom Parkes (Exeter City), Liam McCarron (Leeds United), Danny Grainger (retired). 

ONES TO WATCH

Harry McKirdy:

A talented midfielder, McKirdy has enjoyed an electric start to the season and is Carlisle's top goalscorer, with four. 

The 22-year-old began his youth career at Stoke City before moving to his current club, Aston Villa. 

Candice Carroll:

Carroll joined the Cumbrians in the summer, on loan from Brentford. 

Just 20 years old, the midfielder is a product of the Oxford United academy and has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at youth level. 

Hallam Hope: 

Although only 25 years old, Hope carries a wealth of experience, having spent his youth career at Manchester City and Everton. 

The forward has represented England at youth level and scored two goals in two senior appearances for Barbados. 

Kelvin Etuhu:

A powerful midfielder, Etuhu broke through the Manchester City academy, making ten leagueappearences for the first team. 

The 31-year-old carries an abundance of EFL experience, serving spells at the likes of Cardiff City, Portsmouth, Barnsley and Bury. 

THE MANAGER

Steven Pressley has been at the Carlisle helm since January. 

The Scotsman carries a wealth of management experience in the EFL, enjoying stints at the likes of Coventry City and Fleetwood Town.

The 45-year-old enjoyed an established playing career, most notably turning out for Heart of Midlothian and Dundee United, as well as earning 32 international caps for Scotland.

THE CAPTAIN

Adam Collin was appointed Carlisle captain over the summer, following the retirement of long-standing club servant Danny Grainger. 

The experienced goalkeeper began his career at Newcastle United and is a product of the academy at St. James' Park. 

The 34-year-old has also served spells at the likes of Rotherham United and Notts County. 

LAST TIME OUT

In their previous fixture - on Tuesday - Carlisle were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Forest Green Rovers

Carlisle United 0

Forest Green Rovers 0

Sky Bet League Two

Tuesday September 17th 2019

Attendance: 3,219

Carlisle: Adam Collin (c); Mohammed Sagaf (Christie Elliott 86'), Byron Webster (yellow 79'), Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Jack Iredale (yellow 83'); Jack Bridge, Mike Jones (yellow 76'), Gethin Jones; Nathan Thomas (yellow 86', Ryan Loft 90+5'), Olufela Olomola, Harry McKirdy (Hallam Hope 67'). Subs (not used): Jon Mellish, Louis Gray, Jarrad Branthwaite, Elias Sörensen. 

Tickets for tomorrow’s clash are still available and can be purchased from the ticket office at the Utilita Energy Stadium, or by CLICKING HERE.


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