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Match Preview – Carlisle vs Cambridge U

Last Updated: 22/03/19 10:10am

Carlisle manager Steven Pressley has received mixed news on the injury front ahead of the visit of Cambridge.

Macaulay Gillesphey could be available for selection in two weeks’ time as he returns from knee surgery. But fellow defender Peter Grant is a fresh doubt after failing to complete training on Wednesday.

If Grant is ruled out, 16-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite could remain in the first-team picture after being on the bench for the first time in last week’s draw at Forest Green.

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Cambridge head coach Colin Calderwood will be without the services of Reggie Lambe and Jake Doyle-Hayes for the game at Brunton Park. Both players are away on international duty, with Lambe’s Bermuda taking on the Dominican Republic.

Fellow midfielder Doyle-Hayes is part of the Republic of Ireland’s under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg. Defender Brad Halliday would have missed last week’s postponed game at Bury through injury but has returned to training and is set to be available on Saturday.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Forest Green and Carlisle.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Forest Green and Carlisle.

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Carlisle have only lost one of their last seven League Two meetings with Cambridge United (W2 D4) and are unbeaten in three since a 0-3 reverse in March 2017 (W2 D1).

Cambridge United are unbeaten in their last seven league visits to Carlisle (W3 D4) since a 3-0 defeat in November 1996.

Carlisle have managed just one win in their last eight league games (D3 L4), having won eight of their previously nine (L1).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Cambridge and Crewe.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Cambridge and Crewe.

Cambridge have won just one of their last six games in League Two (D3 L2), failing to score in four of those games.

Ten of Hallam Hope’s 12 league goals for Carlisle this season have come at home, including scoring in each of his last three games at Brunton Park.

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