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Carlisle and Colchester meet at Brunton Park on the opening day of the new League Two season in England. Read our expert predictions and find the best odds for the fixture below in our match preview.
Carlisle vs Colchester – Free Betting Tips & Predictions
Both Carlisle and Colchester are targeting fast starts in Saturday’s League Two opener at Brunton Park. Read our top three predictions for this weekend’s contest below.
- Match Result
- Carlisle to Win
- Both Teams to Score
- Total Goals
- Over 2.5 Goals
The odds presented here are always subject to change. One should check with the bookmaker before placing the bet. These odds are provided by William Hill, our recommended bookmaker for the big game.
Carlisle to Win
Carlisle look ready to make a strong start to their League Two campaign following a productive pre-season run which included five wins in six friendlies for the Cumbrians. Colchester meanwhile, failed to win any of their five non-competitive tests and their poor preparation work makes them worth opposing in Saturday’s opener at Brunton Park.
Both Teams to Score
Both teams scored in each of last season’s League Two encounters between Carlisle and Colchester and the same market could be worth considering for Saturday’s tussle. The Cumbrians have kept just four clean sheets in their last 12 League Two home assignments, while Colchester kept their hosts out just eight times in 23 attempts on the road last term.
Over 2.5 Goals
Carlisle and Colchester’s league meetings last season produced an average of 4.5 goals per 90 minutes, in fact, five of the teams’ last six skirmishes delivered over 2.5 goals. With both clubs keen to get off to a positive start this weekend, we expect to see plenty of attacking football at Brunton Park and we’re tipping over 2.5 goals to be notched again as a result.
Carlisle vs Colchester: Match Preview
Carlisle had flirted with the idea of a playoff push in the early exchanges of the 2020/21 season before a downturn in performances scuppered their chances in the second half of the campaign. Manager Chris Beech is ready to mount a fresh charge for a top-seven finish this term however, and summer recruits Manasse Mampala from QPR, Tristan Abrahams from Newport and Zach Clough from Wigan should give the Cumbrians attack a new dimension.
Hayden Mullins leads Colchester into the new campaign as the club’s permanent manager having been officially handed the role in May. The U’s needed a late flourish to beat the drop last season, though a big improvement is expected in 2021/22 after the quadruple acquisition of Luke Chambers Cole Skuse, Freddie Sears and Alan Judge from Ipswich.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for Carlisle vs Colchester
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Carlisle vs Colchester Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will the match be played at?
Saturday’s fixture will be played at Brunton Park.
When does this fixture kick off?
The game is scheduled to start at 16:00 CET (GMT +1) on August 7.
Who is favourite to win on Saturday?
The bookmakers have made Carlisle favourites to bag the points this weekend.