Stevenage welcome Carlisle United to the Lamex Stadium this weekend as they go head to head in League Two.
Tom Pearce, Boro Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be the 19th meeting between the two sides, the first coming in 2011 with Carlisle winning the game 1-0.
It was a big defeat for Stevenage in the reverse fixture as they lost 4-0, but how will tomorrow’s game play out?
Stevenage team news & injuries:
This weekend’s game may come too soon for Charlie Carter as he is still doubtful.
Carlisle United team news & injuries:
Chris Beech is going to be without Josh Kayode as he is still injured.
The Boro come into this game following another 0-0 draw last Saturday, away to Southend United.
Their form has picked up in the last few weeks as well, sitting eighth in the form table with two wins and four draws from their last six.
Stevenage have also been very hard to beat at home in the last few months, losing just once in their last 11 games at the Lamex Stadium.
Carlisle United form:
Carlisle were held to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, conceding in the last 10 minutes to share the points with Mansfield Town.
With just one win, three losses and two draws in their last six games, they are currently sitting in 19th place in the form table.
They’ve had a poor run of results on the road as well, failing to win in their last five away games with three losses and two draws.
Our Picks for Boro Picks – Stevenage V Carlisle United
1. Will Stevenage score in the first half? No
The Boro have scored just eight goals in the first 45 minutes at the Lamex Stadium, averaging 0.47 goals scored in that time.
The thing is, Carlisle have a much better defensive record in the first half compared to the second when playing away.
They have kept a clean sheet in the first period in 69% of their away games this season, so it’s not going to be easy for Stevenage.
2. Will Stevenage score in the second half? No
Revell’s side have a better goal-scoring record in the second half of games compared to the first when at the Lamex Stadium, albeit by one.
They have only scored in the second 45 minutes in just 41% of their home games this season, though.
On the other hand, Carlisle have conceded 10 goals from 16, averaging 0.63 goals against per second period on the road.
3. How many goals will Stevenage score? 0
The Boro have failed to score in either of their last two games and it’s not an unusual occurrence.
In fact, they have failed to find the net in 47% of their home games this season so it wouldn’t be a surprise for it to happen this weekend.
However, Carlisle have kept just four clean sheets from 16 games on the road this season.
With 17 goals conceded in those 16 games, they are averaging 1.06 goals against per away match.
4. Will Luke Norris score? No
The centre-forward has just found the net on five occasions this season, with all of them coming in the league.
It’s been a while since he has found the net, though, his last goal coming in the 2-2 draw against Morecambe at the start of last month.
This will be the sixth time he will have played against Carlisle in his career, scoring four in his previous five games against them.
5. How many shots on target will Stevenage have? 3
The Boro tested James Montgomery on just one occasion last weekend so it’s no surprise they failed to score.
They have now hit the target 124 times this season, averaging 3.44 shots on goal per game.
Paul Farman has started between the sticks in all but one of Carlisle’s 32 games.
In those matches, he has faced 85 shots on his goal, which is an average of 2.65 shots on target against per game.
6. Will Elliot Osborne assist a goal? No
Osborne has set up his teammates on three occasions this season, with two of them coming in the league.
It’s only been a few games since his last assist though, registering one in the 3-0 win over Forest Green a couple of weeks ago.
This will be just his third appearance against Carlisle, failing to get an assist in his previous two games against them.
- How many corners will Stevenage be awarded? 4+
- How many shots on target will Luke Norris have? 0
- How many saves will Stevenage goalkeepers make? 4+
- How many tackles will Luther Wildin make? 1
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