Carlisle and Yeovil will both be bidding to reach the FA Cup fourth round when they meet at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road this weekend.
There has been no shortage of dramas for League Two side Carlisle United this season, both on and off the pitch, although these can be placed firmly to one side on Sunday afternoon when they go head-to-head with Yeovil Town in the third round of the FA Cup.
Calling Carlisle United ‘homeless’ may be something of an exaggeration, however the fact is that Keith Curle’s side have been playing their home matches in Lancashire since the much publicised flooding of last month, albeit with differing outcomes.
Carlisle United’s travelling Blues Army have been showing their support for the club by travelling in their thousands down the M6 to see their heroes in action. Their first ‘home’ match since the flooding of Brunton Park ended in an emphatic 3-0 victory over Notts County at Preston North End’s Deepdale, however this was followed by a 2-0 defeat at the hands of League Two table-toppers Plymouth Argyle at Blackburn’s Ewood Park, two unfortunate deflections denying the Cumbrians on that occasion.
Can Carlisle bounce back from this defeat and enjoy their day at the seaside? Indeed they can, although the delights of Blackpool on a damp Sunday afternoon in January won’t be foremost in the supporters’ minds when they make the 200-mile round trip for this ‘home’ game.
Yeovil will be more than happy to put their woeful league campaign to one side this weekend. The Glovers have been struggling near the foot of the League Two table and only a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers York City has given them some brief respite. They will certainly welcome the fact that the lengthy journey up to Carlisle has been cut short due to this game taking place at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road as opposed to Brunton Park, although any benefit will likely be felt more by the fans than by the team itself. This view is shared by the bookmakers with Coral going 27/10 for a Yeovil victory.
Despite losing to Plymouth at the weekend, the Cumbrians remain just two points adrift of the play-off places and will be in high spirits heading into this match. Bet365 are 21/20 on a Carlisle win on Sunday, not a massive price by any means but one which should return winnings for those backing Carlisle to enjoy their day by the seaside.