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Preview: Carlisle v Rovers

Read our guide to Tuesday night's Carabao Cup clash in Cumbria...

13 August 2018

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Rovers' Carabao Cup campaign gets under way this week, with a trip to Carlisle United.

Here's our guide to the game...


Following a goalless draw at home to Millwall last time out, Rovers will return to action on Tuesday, looking to get through to the second round of the Carabao Cup. Tony Mowbray's team have made a steady start to life back in the Championship and will look to pick up where they left off at the weekend, after what was a promising second-half showing at Ewood. Our next test represents a chance for the boss to potentially rotate his side against League Two opposition, with a league trip to Hull coming up on Saturday. As always, we'll be in attendance for this midweek game, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm on Tuesday. Don't forget, there's no extra-time in this year's competition, up to and including the semi-finals, meaning we'll go straight to penalties if the sides can't be separated in 90 minutes.


There are no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend's clash, with Elliott Bennett OK to play after limping off against Millwall. Midfield duo Jacob Davenport (hip flexor) missed out at the weekend, as did Ben Gladwin (knee). Having re-joined the club on a permanent deal at the start of last week, Adam Armstrong could make his first start since returning, and Joe Rothwell will be hoping to feature after coming off the bench to good effect against Millwall. Quartet Jayson Leutwiler, Paul Downing, Craig Conway and Joe Nuttall were unused substitutes at the weekend and may be given game-time here. Both starting line-ups will be released an hour before kick-off on matchday.


Tuesday's game will be the 30th competitive meeting between the sides. We met Carlisle at this stage of the same competition in 2013/14, going down on penalties following a 3-3 draw after extra-time. The Cumbrians finished 10th in League Two last season under the guidance of Keith Curle, who has since been replaced by John Sheridan. They're yet to pick up a win so far this season, losing at Exeter on the opening day before drawing 2-2 with Northampton on Saturday afternoon. A scorer in that game was Jamie Devitt, who will be one to watch should he feature on Tuesday - the former Hull attacker has been at Carlisle since 2016. 


Rovers have received an allocation of 1,000 tickets for this game. Tickets are still available, and can be purhcased on the day at Brunton Park without a price increase. Click here for more information.


If you're heading to Cumbria on Tuesday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.


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