FA Cup 3rd Round Replay: January 15, 2020 at 2:45 pm ET (Brunton Park)
FREE SOCCER Pick Carlisle United vs Cardiff City
Visitors travel to Brunton Park for the first time in almost 20 years
Carlisle United host Cardiff City in an FA Cup 3rd Round Replay fixture on Wednesday afternoon. The home team currently ply their trade in the EFL League Two, the fourth and lowest tier in the English football league system while the visitors are in the Championship, having been relegated from the Premier League last season. Carlisle are 21st out of 24 teams in their division, while Cardiff are 12th in the English second-tier.
The hosts come into the game on the back of an extremely poor run of results. They have won just one, lost two and drawn two of their last five games. Cardiff too come into this game having won only one of their last five matches and have drawn three and lost one.
FREE SOCCER Prediction Cardiff City vs Carlisle United
Last Time Out
The teams played out a 2-2 draw in the initial match at the Cardiff City Stadium. Jack Bridge and Harry McKirdy’s first half strikes gave Carlisle a surprise lead at the interval. However, the home side turned the match around in five second half minutes and were deservedly level with less than an hour on the clock. Cardiff dominated proceedings, racking up 11 shots on target, the total shots managed by United, and 23 shots in total, but could not add to their tally as the visitors held on to ensure that the tie went into a Replay.
Carlisle will be without Kelvin Etuhu and Josh Dixon through injury and Aaron Hayden through suspension, while Mohammed Sagaf and Christie Elliott are also doubtful for the clash.
Predicted Line-up: Collin; Jones, Webster, Mellish, Iredale; Scougall, Jones, Watt; Thomas, Hope, McKirdy.
Cardiff will be without Matthew Connolly, Isaac Wassell, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Joe Ralls through injury.
Predicted Line-up: Smithies; Richards, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Vaulks, Bacuna; Murphy, Paterson, Whyte; Ward.