The third round of the FA Cup continues this afternoon with a Sky Bet League Two clash between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town taking place at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.
Carlisle are still playing their home games away from home due to the severe flooding in Cumbria, and today’s FA Cup game will be held Bloomfield Road.
Carlisle will probably have top scorer Jabo Ibehre back for the tie after he missed the home defeat to League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle due to a family illness.
Yeovil travel to Carlisle (Blackpool) leaving their relegation troubles behind for the weekend. They sit 23rd in the table, having only won once away in the league all season.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s tie…
1) Jabo Ibehre
Ibehre’s 14 goals in 20 appearances for Carlisle United this season has helped them climb the League Two table to 10th, and just two points outside the play-offs.
With only one defeat in the last six games, Carlisle enter the tie in good form, although in the cup league places and form somewhat go out the window.
Ibehre at 32 has plenty of experience and could well be the key to seeing Carlisle into the hat for the next round of the cup.
2) Jason Kennedy
Carlisle midfielder Kennedy has played 25 games this season, scoring once and assisting four others.
His main place in the side is that he stops the opposition from playing. He is the workhorse of the midfield, with a great work ethic as he gets up and down the pitch and does not let the opposition settle on the ball.
He runs the midfield and keeps Carlisle ticking over. Yeovil will need to find a way to nullify Kennedy to get anything from the cup tie.
3) Yeovil’s lack of goals away from home
Seven is all Yeovil have managed to score away from Huish Park this season.
Whether it’s the cup or the league, that has to worry new Yeovil manager Darren Way.
Yeovil are second from bottom and stare relegation in the face, and finding a way to score more goals away from home will be key to their survival.
But this is the cup, and maybe with the pressure off, Yeovil will play with more freedom.
You can never tell in the FA Cup. On paper, Carlisle should win, but both teams will want to be in the fourth round draw. This could be a cracking cup tie.
Carlisle and Yeovil fans… What are your predictions for the match? Could a cup run inspire your league form? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!