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Carlisle welcome Rochdale to Cumbria on Tuesday evening looking to improve on a good record at home to the Spotland outfit. United winning 29, drawing 10 and losing 13 of the 52 games played between the two sides at Brunton Park over the years.

Last season though seeing the spoils shared in a 1-1 draw as a bumper 7,412 spectators, thanks to the Stobart ticket giveaway, saw Gary Madine open the scoring for Carlisle in the 20th minute only for Gary Jones to equalise from the penalty spot for the visitors after 62 minutes.

The last time before that that the teams met in Cumbria was in United's League Two championship winning season of 2005-06. Carlisle winning 2-1 on New Year's Eve in front of 6,897 fans despite Rochdale taking the lead in only the second minute through Blair Sturrock. Two goals in the last half an hour of the game from Danny Livesey and Michael Bridges though ensuring that the three points went the way of the Blues.

United have seven times scored five goals or more at home to Rochdale, and have even hit the seven goal mark on three occasions. The best of those wins being a 7-0 victory in 1953-54 in the old Third Division North. The Carlisle goalscorers that August afternoon, as 8,378 spectators looked on, being Jimmy Wham Whitehouse (2), Ian Atkinson (2), Bobby Johnston, Jimmy Drury and Alan Ashman.

Rochdale meanwhile have never won by more than a two goal margin at Brunton Park, which they have done three times with one of them being a 3-1 FA Cup extra-time win in November 1959. Their last victory in Carlisle actually being a 2-0 win in the 2002-03 season at fourth tier level when Clive Platt and former Blues manager Paul Simpson hit the back of the United net in the first-half in front of 4,501 fans.

Recent encounters between the teams

2011/2012 Tue 16 Aug Rochdale 0 - 0 Carlisle League One
2010/2011 Sat 23 Apr Rochdale 2 - 3 Carlisle League One
2010/2011 Tue 23 Nov Carlisle 1 - 1 Rochdale League One
2008/2009 Tue 07 Oct Rochdale 2 - 2 Carlisle (Associate Members)
2005/2006 Tue 02 May Rochdale 0 - 2 Carlisle League Two
2005/2006 Sat 31 Dec Carlisle 2 - 1 Rochdale League Two
2003/2004 Sat 20 Mar Rochdale 2 - 0 Carlisle League Division Three

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Recent respective form guides

Carlisle in decent form at home, having won four and drawn two of their last six games at Brunton Park. A healthy total of thirteen goals have been scored by the Cumbrians in these games, with seven conceded. In complete contrast to United, Rochdale, who have scored the fewest goals away from home in League One, are having a torrid time on their travels, attaining just three draws alongside three defeats from their previous six away games, 'Dale having conceded seven goals in these games, and only hit one in reply.

Carlisle, in eighth, lie just outside the play-off positions in the npower League One table, picking up 49 points from their 32 games played so far. Rochdale meanwhile, in 23rd, are stuck down in the relegation zone of the division with a return of just 30 points from their 34 games contested to date.

Current overall team form

Carlisle 6 2 1 3 5 13 7
Rochdale 6 1 3 2 2 3 6

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FootyMad's prediction ...

It's good news for Carlisle fans, because, with them being in such great nick at home, the Footymad panel just cannot see any further than an emphatic home win for the Cumbrians........ Home win

Sequence statistics

Carlisle Unbeaten in last twelve home games.
Not drawn a match in their last three.
Rochdale Drawn last two away games.
Not won in previous eight away matches.
No win in four most recent games.

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