We turn our attentions to the weekend with a full and in-depth preview of The Bluebirds' League Two trip to Brunton Park.
Carlisle United v Barrow
Saturday 13th November 2021, 1pm
Sky Bet League Two
Carlisle United’s slow start to the new campaign persuaded the Board to make a change at the top as Chris Beech left the club to be replaced by former Bristol City boss Keith Millen last month.
The Cumbrians enjoyed a brilliant start to 2020/21 but form dipped during the second half of the season, and they have been unable to rediscover their consistency so far this term.
They have tasted League Two victory just twice but Millen will hope that a couple of cup wins (against Horsham in the FA Cup and at Morecambe in the Papa John’s Trophy) can produce a spike in confidence among his players.
Millen’s men currently lie second bottom in the table but the congested nature of the standing means that they are just six points behind The Bluebirds ahead of Saturday’s derby meeting.
One To Watch
Zach Clough has scored twice in his last five appearances for Carlisle United as he looks to fully find his feet following a summer move from Wigan Athletic.
The 26-year-old forward netted the clinching goal in last weekend’s 2-0 FA Cup triumph over Horsham as new boss Keith Millen got his first win since being appointed to the Brunton Park hotseat.
Clough, who initially emerged through the youth ranks at Bolton Wanderers and made a big money move to Nottingham Forest, is looking to reignite his career with The Cumbrians and is a player Barrow need to keep a close eye on.
Head To Head
Last season was the first time that Barrow and Carlisle United had met in competitive action since the 1960s when they both shared the old Division Four.
There have been plenty of pre-season friendlies between the sides over the years, but this will be the first competitive derby with a crowd since a 4-1 Carlisle win at Brunton Park in April 1964.
The Bluebirds lost 1-0 on their trip to the north of the county last term – Jon Mellish’s first half header enough to hand The Cumbrians all three points last September.
Martin Coy will take in his second Barrow game of the 2021/22 campaign when he’s on the whistle for this weekend’s derby encounter at Carlisle United.
The official, now into his fifth season on the EFL list of referees, was also the man in the middle for our televised Carabao Cup tie against Aston Villa at The Dunes Hotel Stadium in August.
Coy’s most recent appointment came in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday when he saw Crewe Alexandra defeat Wolves Under-21s 3-0 at The Alexandra Stadium.
Tickets are now no longer available from The Dunes Hotel Stadium and there will be no tickets on sale to away fans on the day of the game.
Fans who have tickets are advised it is allocated seating at Brunton Park and you will therefore need to sit in the seat as printed on your ticket.
Due to it being an international break, we are able to broadcast live online video coverage of Saturday’s game to supporters in the UK and abroad.
Video Match Passes are on sale now priced at just £10 so if you can’t make it to Brunton Park, then let us bring the action to you on iFollow.
We will also be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our broadcast partnership with BBC Radio Cumbria.
Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by regular summariser John Goodwin for full coverage of this weekend’s derby at Brunton Park.
You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.
Carlisle United have been installed as 11/8 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Barrow rated a 19/10 shot and the draw priced up at 11/5 by our friends at Sky Bet.