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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Big Match Preview

League One
Yeovil Town vs. Carlisle United
Saturday October 17, 15:00, Huish Park

Two of League One's strugglers meet this weekend as under-fire Greg Abbott takes his Carlisle side on the long trip south to face Yeovil Town.

Results in midweek saw the Cumbrians slip into the division's bottom four for the first time this season and, after only just avoiding the drop last season, Abbott is under pressure to turn things around.

Carlisle are without a win since the beginning of September, and have recorded just two league victories all term - against fellow strugglers Stockport and Tranmere.

Most of their problems have stemmed from poor form at the usually formidable Brunton Park, with four defeats already. However, United are unbeaten in five of their six away trips in League One this term, so will be confident when hitting the road.

Abbott has been strengthening his squad this week, with the free transfer of former Portsmouth and Stoke striker Vincent Pericard, who is likely to feature up-front with six-goal man Scott Dobie.

Other leading lights in the Cumbrian side include former Preston winger Joe Anyinsah, midfield man Graham Kavanagh, and the ex-Leeds defender Ian Harte, whose speciality from set-plays has already seen him register three goals this term.

If Abbott is under pressure though, his opposite number at Yeovil, Terry Skiverton, enjoys the support of the Glovers faithful. The league's only official player-manager, the Yeovil veteran has so far been reluctant to get on the pitch himself.

Skiverton and Abbott are under varying degrees of pressure

Currently lying just a point above the drop-zone, the Somerset club are unbeaten in their last four matches, including drawing their last three. Indeed, draws have been the common feature of their season so far, with only two wins - against Tranmere and Brentford.

Striker Gavin Tomlin, with three goals to date, is the Glovers most potent threat going forwards, and other notable names include former Bristol City midfielder Scott Murray and midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala, currently in his second spell with the club.

Yeovil's form at Huish Park has been typically strong, suffering just one defeat - to high-flying Swindon Town, and will once again be crucial in their bid to avoid the drop.

It might be too a little early to describe this clash as a relegation six-pointer, but neither side can really afford to lose to a side likely to be around them come the business end of the season.

And with the two sides having recorded 11 draws between them this season, another stalemate looks on the cards this weekend.

Nobes' Prediction: Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1

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