Mansfield Town v Carlisle United – team news, form, odds, past meetings and more

Carlisle United are back in action at Mansfield Town tonight, where the Blues will be looking to build on Saturday’s much-needed victory.

Can Chris Beech’s side make it back-to-back wins, or will Nigel Clough’s side halt them in their tracks?

Here’s our handy look at the key details of the clash at the One Call Stadium

TEAM NEWS

United could be without Joshua Kayode again.

The striker has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

Beech was non-committal when asked on Saturday about the loanee’s chances of being involved in Carlisle’s next game.

But it seems unlikely that Kayode will be rushed back, particularly given United’s attacking performance against Bradford in which Offrande Zanzala made a big impact.

Zanzala will be expected to keep his place and Beech may not tinker too much with his side in general given the much-improved overall display.

The head coach named Callum Guy as captain on Saturday, with skipper Nick Anderton and vice-captain Aaron Hayden on the bench.

A back four of Tanner, McDonald, Bennett and Armer would keep Anderton and Hayden among the subs for another game.

Brennan Dickenson’s positive impact from the right of the attack could also earn him another start.

If Beech does decide to mix things up he has the likes of Gime Toure, Omari Patrick and Ethan Walker at his attacking disposal, and such as Taylor Charters and Dean Furman as midfield options.

Midfielder Danny Devine is back in training but it is likely to be too soon for him to be thrown back into things. Morgan Feeney (foot) remains out.

Mansfield boss Clough said yesterday that midfielders George Lapslie and George Maris are doubts for tonight’s game.

Joe Riley is a long-term absentee – that’s the Stags right-back, not the Carlisle midfielder of the same name – but goalkeeper Aidan Stone could return to the squad.

FORM

For the first time since late January, Carlisle are looking to build on a victory.

Their welcome Bradford win ended an eight-game winless run.

Now the Cumbrians are hoping to end their wait for an away victory which goes back to January 2’s 2-0 win at Walsall.

Beech’s side took four points from their last two home games, and if they are to progress further up the table from their current position of 12th, will need to add to their four away league wins so far this term.

A win could take the Cumbrians 10th.

Mansfield, meanwhile, have struggled to add consistency to the positive start they made under Clough after his appointment last year.

The Stags, currently 16th, have lost six of their last eight games, a run which followed a strong spell of wins and draws.

Jordan Bowery, left, has scored 10 goals this season (photo: Richard Parkes)

Their two victories in this recent run have come at home to promotion-chasers Morecambe and Cheltenham, highlighting that Clough’s men can still be dangerous on their day.

At home, they have won four, drawn six and lost six, and are seven points behind the Cumbrians having played three games more.

Jordan Bowery is the Stags’ top scorer with 10 goals from 35 games.

ODDS

The home side are favourites with the bookmakers for the victory tonight.

Mansfield are 6/4 to win with those odds available from a host of bookies including Paddy Power, William Hill and BetVictor.

If you fancy Carlisle to come away with the points, you can get odds of 2/1 with Bet 365 and SBK, while Sky Bet offer 9/5.

The draw is 11/5 with Sky Bet, SBK, Bet Victor and Matchbook.

Source: Oddschecker.

KICK-OFF

It’s a 7pm start tonight, the kick-off one of several Tuesday games to be brought forward from 7.45pm this season.

It’s a rearranged game too, the original January 16 fixture having been postponed during Carlisle’s Covid-19 outbreak.

iFollow is the only way fans can watch the game, with matches continuing to be played behind closed doors.

The News & Star will be reporting live from Brunton Park and BBC Radio Cumbria will provide commentary.

REFEREE

Michael Salisbury is the man in the middle for this one.

He has a familiar refereeing name, being the son of experienced official Graham who has encountered the Blues many times over the years.

News and Star: Referee Michael Salisbury (photo: PA)Referee Michael Salisbury (photo: PA)

Salisbury junior last took charge of a Carlisle game in their 0-0 home draw with Forest Green in September 2019, sending off James Morton in the process.

Before that it was the 2-1 away defeat to Macclesfield in 2018, when he awarded the hosts a penalty as they came from behind.

In seven meetings, Salisbury has never overseen a Carlisle win.

PAST MEETINGS

Carlisle won the reverse game 1-0 at Brunton Park in December thanks to an excellent Omari Patrick goal.

It’s safe to say there has been plenty of drama in the away fixture over the years, meanwhile.

Last season was a memorable one, when the Blues came from 2-0 down to snatch a late 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Elliot Watt and Joshua Kayode.

The One Call Stadium was the scene for Jabo Ibehre’s first Carlisle goal in 2015.

The previous decade, meanwhile, there were two particularly dramatic visits. In 2004, Paul Simpson’s Blues won 3-2 there to keep their unlikely survival hopes alive for another week, Matty Glennon sending the travelling fans wild with a late penalty save.

Two years later Mansfield was famously the venue for United’s promotion-clinching 1-1 draw, when Karl Hawley’s injury-time goal sent Paul Simpson’s side into League One.

Here’s how that fantastic day played out:

ANYTHING ELSE?

In Mansfield’s recent win over Cheltenham, the visitors’ long-throw expert Ben Tozer found his run-up impeded somewhat by the frost covers to the side of the pitch.

Carlisle’s long-throw men – it has been Brennan Dickenson recently in Kayode’s absence – will hope for a clearer run-up tonight… (pic by Richard Parkes)

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