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Footymad preview History of the Hartlepool United v Carlisle United fixture

The Cumbrians travel east to take on Pools, needing to change around their overall fortunes at Victoria Park. United hoping to improve on a record which has seen them end up on the losing side in just less than half of the 45 games played in Cleveland, the Blues winning 13, drawing 10 and being defeated 22 times in those matches.

Last season in League One though Carlisle coasted to a 4-0 victory on the road, the Cumbrians, in front of 3,419 spectators, already 3-0 up at half-time thanks to a Lubomir Michalik free-kick and a brace of goals from Gary Madine, the now Owls striker then completing his own hat-trick and a rout for Carlisle when he netted in the 71st minute.

In 2009-10 in League One meanwhile the Blues were thumped 4-1 at Hartlepool. Ritchie Jones putting the home side ahead after just six minutes before Scott Dobie equalised for Carlisle four minutes later. The 'Pools then netting twice more before the break thanks to Antony Sweeney and Joe Gamble, before Jones grabbed his second goal of the match with 74 minutes gone to finish off a grim night for the travelling Cumbrians in an attendance of only 2,975 spectators.

Carlisle's biggest win at Victoria Park was a 6-0 victory in the Division Four promotion campaign of 1963-64. The goals for the Blues that day, as 3,815 fans looked on, coming from Hughie McIlmoyle (2), Eric Johnstone, Reg Davies, Barry Brayton and a 'Pools own goal. Interestingly the Blues thumped Hartlepools United, as they were then named, 7-1 at home that season to complete an aggregate score of 13-1.

Meanwhile the best margin of victory for the home side over Carlisle has been by three goals on numerous occasions. The 'Pools winning by that distance in seven of their 22 wins over the Cumbrians at Victoria Park.

Recent encounters between the teams

2011/2012 Sat 10 Sep Carlisle 1 - 2 Hartlepool League One
2010/2011 Tue 08 Mar Carlisle 1 - 0 Hartlepool League One
2010/2011 Tue 28 Sep Hartlepool 0 - 4 Carlisle League One
2009/2010 Tue 23 Feb Hartlepool 4 - 1 Carlisle League One
2009/2010 Tue 01 Dec Carlisle 3 - 2 Hartlepool League One
2008/2009 Tue 27 Jan Hartlepool 2 - 2 Carlisle League One
2008/2009 Tue 28 Oct Carlisle 0 - 1 Hartlepool League One

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Recent respective form guides

Hartlepool's woeful home form means they have chalked up just a single victory, with five defeats, from their last six games at Victoria Park. The 'Pools have conceded just six goals in that period, while only managing to convert three of their own chances. Carlisle's away form meanwhile is on the average side of the coin, with two wins, two draws, and two defeats in their last six games on the road. The Cumbrians have a narrow positive goal difference over these matches, with ten goals for and eight against.

Hartlepool currently see themselves just below half-way in the npower League One table, in 14th place, showing a record of 34 points from their 27 games played so far. Carlisle meanwhile, in seventh spot, lie just outside the play-off positions in the division, having picked up 42 points from their 26 matches contested to date.

Current overall team form

Hartlepool 6 2 2 2 7 7 8
Carlisle 6 2 4 0 14 10 10

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FootyMad's prediction ...

The away form of the Cumbrians has not been the best compared to some, though the Footymad panel sees them pulling off a narrow win on their visit to Hartlepool........ Away win

Sequence statistics

Hartlepool Drawn last two games.
13 matches without home draw.
Carlisle Drawn last two away games
Eight matches since last defeat..

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