Carlisle prepare to welcome Crewe to Cumbria tomorrow, with high hopes of improving on their excellent record against the opposition, having chalked up an impressive 25 wins out of 38 previous matches at Brunton Park.
The Blues need to pick up a better result than last season though when they lost 2-0 at home to the Alex' in League One in January. Despite being on the backfoot for most of the game in front of the 7,075 spectators the Railwaymen scored twice in the second half through Julien Baudet then Nicky Maynard to take all three points back down the M6.
United's best win at home to Crewe came way back in the 1933-34 Division Three North campaign, the Blues winning 6-1, after strolling into a 4-0 half-time lead, with the attendance being 3,342. Leeds-born James Slinger was in prolific form that season and he scored four of his total of 32 goals for the campaign in this match, Thomas McBain and Pearson Ferguson being the other Carlisle goalscorers.
The Railwaymen's biggest margin of victory at Brunton Park, apart from their 2-0 win last season, has twice come courtesy of a 3-1 final scoreline. The first match in Division Three North in 1934-35, attendance - 3,112 and United goalscorer James Slinger, the second game coming more recently in Division Three (fourth tier) in 1992-93, attendance - 3,487 and United goalscorer George Oghani.
For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here
|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2006/2007||Sat 20 Jan||Carlisle||0 - 2||Crewe||LGE1|
|2006/2007||Sat 30 Sep||Crewe||5 - 1||Carlisle||LGE1|
|1995/1996||Tue 02 Apr||Carlisle||1 - 0||Crewe||LGE1|
|1995/1996||Sat 14 Oct||Crewe||2 - 1||Carlisle||LGE1|
|1994/1995||Tue 14 Feb||Crewe||0 - 1||Carlisle||ASSM|
|1993/1994||Mon 04 Apr||Crewe||2 - 3||Carlisle||LGE2|
|1993/1994||Tue 28 Dec||Carlisle||1 - 2||Crewe||LGE2|
Recent respective form guides
Carlisle have lost just once in their last six home games - that defeat coming against Stockport in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, United winning four in a row to date and drawing the other one. A total of 12 goals have been scored by the Cumbrians in those games, with eight conceded.
In complete contrast to the Blues, Crewe are having a torrid time on their travels as of late, accumulating just one victory and one draw from their last six games played on the road. The Railwaymen have conceded nine goals in these matches and scored just a paltry two themselves.
Carlisle are in the League One play-off places at the moment, in fourth, having taken 42 points from 24 games. Crewe meanwhile are hovering perilously just above the relegation zone, in 19th, with 28 points from 25 matches.
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|Last six games form guide||P||W||D||L||F||A||P|
FootyMad's prediction ...
It's good news for Carlisle fans, because, with them being in such great nick at home, the Footymad panel just can't see any further than an emphatic home win for the Cumbrians. Home win
|Carlisle||Six games since last home draw.|
Won four successive home matches.
|Crewe||Last drawn game four outings ago.|
Not won in previous five away matches.