The Blues face a trip to West Yorkshire needing to turn around their fortunes in Huddersfield. Carlisle hoping to improve on a record which has seen them taste defeat eleven times, draw eight and win just two of the 21 games played.
Last season in League One the two teams fought out a 1-1 draw, again in early February in Huddersfield, Anthony Pilkington putting Town 1-0 up after 50 minutes, as 14,132 fans looked on, before Ben Marshall grabbed the Blues a share of the spoils with a close range 83rd minute strike.
One of the two rare Cumbrian victories occured three seasons ago when United came away from the Galpharm Stadium with all three points thanks to an excellent 2-0 final scoreline. The Carlisle goals, in front of 10,022 spectators (including 1,181 United fans), both coming in the first-half through Danny Livesey on 34 minutes and Joe Garner sixty seconds before the interval.
The only other time the Blues have left Huddersfield with a win was in the 1972-73 FA Cup. A first-half own goal by the Terriers settling a round three replay after the two teams had earlier drawn 2-2 at Brunton Park. Carlisle making it to the last sixteen that season before they lost out 2-1 at home at Arsenal in front of a bumper attendance of 24,000.
Games between the sides have been relatively low scoring affairs over the years, although Huddersfield twice defeated United by a three-goal margin at their old Leeds Road ground. The most memorable of those two matches from a Carlisle perspective no doubt being the 4-1 defeat in the first leg of the Autoglass Trophy Northern Area Final in March 1994.
Peter Jackson, Darren Bullock, Phil Starbuck and Iain Dunn scoring the goals for a Terriers side that also contained a 21-year old Chris Billy. The solitary Carlisle goal coming from a Simon Davey penalty in the first-half as 10,552 spectators looked on. Some of those fans watching on from the away end in disbelief after a chicken, smuggled in by a Blues fan, was released into the air early on in the evening.
Another game of few goals coming in the 2008-09 campaign when Town defeated United 1-0 on Easter Monday in front of 12,308 fans. Andy Booth, in a game in which the Blues didn't even register a effort on target, scoring the only goal of the game with a header from a Michael Flynn cross in the 78th minute.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2010/2011||Tue 18 Jan||Carlisle||4 - 0||Huddersfield||ASSM|
|2010/2011||Sat 01 Jan||Carlisle||2 - 2||Huddersfield||LGE1|
|2010/2011||Tue 10 Aug||Carlisle||0 - 1||Huddersfield||LGEC|
|2009/2010||Tue 16 Feb||Carlisle||1 - 2||Huddersfield||LGE1|
|2009/2010||Sat 06 Feb||Huddersfield||1 - 1||Carlisle||LGE1|
|2008/2009||Mon 13 Apr||Huddersfield||1 - 0||Carlisle||LGE1|
|2008/2009||Fri 26 Dec||Carlisle||3 - 0||Huddersfield||LGE1|
Recent respective form guides
Huddersfield have lost just once in their last six home games, winning four and drawing the other one. A total of eight goals have been scored by the Terriers in those games, with four conceded.
In complete contrast to Huddersfield, Carlisle are having a torrid time on their travels, accumulating just one victory and one draw from their last six away games played. While the Cumbrians have scored only five goals in those matches, eight have hit the back of the wrong net.
Huddersfield are just outside the automatic promotion places, in third, having taken 43 points from their 26 games contested to date. Meanwhile, Carlisle's 35 points picked up from 24 games played sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 11th position.
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|Last six games form guide||P||W||D||L||F||A||P|
FootyMad's prediction ...
FootyMad see this game edging towards a narrow win for the Terriers, as the Cumbrians have been none too clever on the road in recent matches...... Home win
|Huddersfield||Not won in the three most recent games.|
Unbeaten in the last four home matches.
|Carlisle||Five games since last defeat.|
Five matches since last away draw.