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History of the Tranmere Rovers v Carlisle United fixture

The Blues face a trip to the Wirral on Monday afternoon, looking to improve on an average record at Prenton Park. United having won eleven, drawn six and lost 21 games at the home of Tranmere Rovers over the years.

Last season in League One the Cumbrians crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Prenton Park with all the goals coming in the second-half. Ian Thomas-Moore and Gareth Edds putting the home side 2-0 up before Danny Graham pulled a goal back for United. Further Rovers goals from Steve Jennings and Thomas-Moore again condemning the Blues to a disappointing result as 5,924 spectators looked on.

Carlisle have endured some other heavy defeats on the Wirral over the years, the Blues having been hammered 6-1 on three occasions. The last time United were thumped by that scoreline was in the 2001-02 season in the second round of the FA Cup. Tranmere were already 3-0 up on 17 minutes through a Jason Koumas brace and a goal from Jason Price before Ian Stevens missed a penalty and Will McDonagh was sent off on his debut for two bookings as the Blues compounded their own misery.

That was rubbed in even further bang on the half-time whistle when Koumas completed his hat-trick with a long-range rasper. Stuart Barlow's penalty for Rovers on 70 minutes made the score 5-0 before Richie Foran grabbed what could loosely be called a consolation goal for Carlisle just sixty seconds later. In front of an attendance of 7,428 fans though the home side had the final word in the 76th minute when Stephen Yates completed the 6-1 rout.

United's best margin of victory at Prenton Park has twice been by a scoreline of 3-0, once in Division Four in 1961-62 and once in Division Three North in 1947-48. The most memorable of those seasons was the promotion campaign in the early 60's as the Blues finished fourth in the old Division Four. Carlisle's win away to Rovers in early October coming thanks to a George Walker brace and a goal from Sammy Taylor as 10,050 spectators looked on.

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Recent encounters between the teams
2009/2010Sat 05 SepCarlisle3 - 0TranmereLGE1
2008/2009Sat 24 JanTranmere4 - 1CarlisleLGE1
2008/2009Sat 04 OctCarlisle1 - 2TranmereLGE1
2007/2008We 26 DecTranmere2 - 0CarlisleLGE1
2007/2008Sat 08 SepCarlisle0 - 1TranmereLGE1
2006/2007Fri 30 MarTranmere0 - 2CarlisleLGE1
2006/2007Sat 21 OctCarlisle1 - 0TranmereLGE1

Recent respective form guides

Tranmere have been playing quite well at home, winning three, drawing two, and losing just one of their last six games at Prenton Park. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period at seven to five.

Carlisle have had a decent run of form away from home recently, coming away with three points on three occasions, but drawing one and losing two. The Cumbrians have a narrow positive goal difference over these high scoring games, with 11 goals for and 10 against.

Tranmere are stuck down in the relegation zone of League One, in 22nd place, with a return of just 20 points from their 22 games played thus far. Carlisle manwhile find themselves in 15th position in the table, showing a record of 27 points from their 21 games contested to date.

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Last six games form guidePWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Carlisle are in reasonable form away from home coming into this match, and the Madmen are quite confident that they should come away with a comfortable victory from this contest. Away win

Sequence statistics
TranmereNot drawn a match in their last four.
Unbeaten in the last five home matches.
CarlisleSeven games since last defeat.