Carlisle United make the long journey to Plymouth in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon and they are a decent price to return home with the spoils in the bag.
The far-flung outpost of North Cumbria is home to isolated Carlisle United, the only Football League club for miles around. Indeed, the Cumbrians’ closest neighbours Newcastle United are some sixty miles distant and the two sides are hardly expected to cross paths any time soon, at least in league competition. There are no real local derbies up there, although even by Carlisle standards, the journey to Plymouth on Saturday afternoon will be a mammoth journey which only the hardiest supporters will attempt.
This is the second time that the Cumbrians have made the 388-mile journey to Plymouth this season, the previous fixture ending with an emphatic 4-1 triumph to the Devon side. Will that deter the travelling hordes from descending upon Home Park on Saturday afternoon? Not a bit of it.
The Cumbrians are renowned for traveling in large numbers in support of their club and this will be the case this weekend. A 780-mile round trip it may be, but expect plenty of noise from the travelling support when the two teams take to the pitch.
To be fair, Carlisle have been inconsistent on their travels this season and this is reflected in the price of 7/2 with bet365 for an away win. Nevertheless, they were somewhat unlucky to lose to Liverpool in the third round of the Capital One Cup, taking the Premier League side to penalties at Anfield after holding them to a 1-1 draw after extra-time.
Since then, the Cumbrians have won twice, drawn once and suffered one defeat away from the comforts of Brunton Park and they will be seeking revenge for their defeat to Argyle in the League Two clash earlier this season.
There’s no denying that Plymouth are a strong side and they are making excellent progress in their pursuit of promotion, sitting as they are at the top of the League One table, some five points clear of second-placed Oxford United. Indeed, promotion to League One is clearly their principal aim and we expect that Pilgrims boss Derek Adams will afford this cup tie less importance and thus allow the Cumbrians to upset the form book.
This won’t be an easy affair for either side. Plymouth are unbeaten at home in all competitions since August and the Cumbrians will be made to work hard for their win. A win we expect it to be however and we’ll be going with bet365‘s 7/2 that the Cumbrians make the long journey home with a place in the next round of the FA Cup assured.