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League Two | Gameweek 23
Dec 26, 2022 at 3pm UK
Brunton Park

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Preview: Carlisle United vs. Bradford City - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Monday's League Two clash between Carlisle United and Bradford City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Level on points in the top half of the League Two standings, Carlisle United and Bradford City go head to head in a Boxing Day fixture at Brunton Park.

Having both failed to win any of their last three outings respectively, both sides will head into the game looking to arrest their slump and get their season back on track.

Match preview

Carlisle United failed to find their feet last Tuesday as were beaten 2-1 by Northampton Town when the sides squared off at the Sixfields Stadium.

Former Preston North End man Jack Armer broke the deadlock five minutes after the interval to hand the visitors the lead but Sam Sherring and Louis Appere scored in a three-minute spell to force a comeback.

Prior to that, Carlisle United were dumped out of the FA Cup in the second round courtesy of a 2-1 loss against Walsall on November 26, before holding out for a 1-1 draw with Sutton United one week later.

However, Paul Simpson's men now return home where they are unbeaten in nine of their 10 league matches this season — claiming four wins and five draws — with a 3-2 loss against Leyton Orient on October 22 being the only exception.

With 33 points from 21 games, the Blues are currently seventh in the League Two table, level on points with Sunday's visitors, but could potentially rise to fourth place with all three points on Monday.

Elsewhere, Bradford City were left empty handed once again as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of high-flying Leyton Orient last time out.

In a one-sided affair at the Breyer Group Stadium, Charlie Kelman, Thomas James and Ruel Sotiriou all found the back of the net to hand the league leaders a third win on the bounce.

The Bantams have now lost each of their last three matches across all competitions, including a 1-0 defeat versus Salford City in the second round of the EFL Trophy on November 22.

Their slump in form has been owing to a lack of sting at the attacking end of the pitch, where Mark Hughes's side have scored just once in their last three outings, while shipping seven goals since a 2-0 win over Sutton United on November 12.

While Bradford City will be looking to stop the rot, next up is a trip to Brunton Park, where they are winless in their last six visits, losing five and claiming one draw since December 2009.

Carlisle United League Two form:

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Team News

Ben Barclay has missed the last two matches after coming off injured against Walsall on November 26 and the 26-year-old defender is a major doubt for Carlisle United.

He is joined on the club's injury table by Fin Back, while Joel Senior was named on the substitutes' bench last time out for the first time since picking up a severe injury back in February.

Brennan Dickenson will also play no part in Monday's game as he continues his lengthy spell on the sidelines after coming off injury back in July's pre-season clash against Bolton Wanderers.

Bradford City, on the other hand, will be without midfielder Emmanuel Osadebe, who has been out of action since coming off injured in July's league opener against Doncaster Rovers.

With just one goal scored in the last three matches, Hughes could ring some changes at the attacking end of the pitch, with the likes of Jamie Walker and Lee Angol coming in to provide the much-needed firepower up top.

Carlisle United possible starting lineup:
Holy; Whelan, Mellish, Huntington; Ellis, Moxon, Guy, Armer; Gibson, Dennis, Edmonson

Bradford City possible starting lineup:
Lewis; Halliday, Platt, Odusina, Foulds; Smallwood, Gilliead, Angol, Walker, Wright; Cook

We say: Carlisle United 1-1 Bradford City

Carlisle United and Bradford City have suffered a drop-off in form in recent weeks and will head into Monday's game in search of a pick-me-up. Both sides are currently evenly-matched on paper and we predict that they will take a cautious approach to the game and settle for a share of the spoils.

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