Accrington Stanley vs Carlisle United Predictions

Accrington Stanley vs Carlisle United predictions for Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy clash at Wham Stadium. Last season, Accrington were relegated from League One while Carlisle earned promotion from League Two. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Accrington Stanley vs Carlisle United Predictions


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A Clash of Changing Fortunes

Key Stats
– Accrington Stanley have a positive goal difference, scoring 9 while conceding 7 in their first six games.
– Carlisle United’s Owen Moxon stands out with a commendable 7.54 BettingTips4You Expert Rating.
– Accrington’s semi-final journey in the last season contrasts with Carlisle’s bottom group finish, hinting at differing ambitions in the competition.

Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United are set to kick-start their 2023-24 Football League Trophy endeavours this Tuesday. Their recent change of divisions serves as an interesting backdrop. Last season saw Accrington suffer a relegation from League One, while Carlisle celebrated a promotion from League Two.

Performance Review: Accrington Stanley

Despite a 3-1 defeat to the aggressive Notts County, Accrington’s spirits remain high. The team has gathered 10 points from their initial five games. This early achievement has placed them just outside the coveted League Two play-off spots, merely due to goal difference. Accrington found it challenging to match the offensive prowess of Notts County, with Macauley Langstaff’s double goals steering his team to the league’s pinnacle.


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Looking at the past, Accrington had a commendable run in this competition last season. They reached the semi-finals but had their hopes dashed by Bolton Wanderers. Regardless of this setback, John Coleman has his sights firmly set on leading his team back to League One, yet he aspires for a noteworthy performance in the League Trophy, especially with the home ground advantage at Crown Ground.

Performance Review: Carlisle United

Carlisle United, on the other hand, has had a less than favourable start to the season. Their initial five League One games yielded no victories. However, a glimmer of hope appeared with a 2-0 triumph against Shrewsbury Town. This victory saw Carlisle extract themselves from the dreaded relegation zone. Yet, their past in the Football League Trophy doesn’t inspire much confidence, having amassed a mere two points from three group games last season.

Paul Simpson’s primary focus is clear: to safeguard Carlisle from another relegation. Therefore, while they would indeed cherish a victory to bolster their confidence, a subpar performance in the trophy might not spell doom for them.

Team News and Line-ups

Accrington won’t have Joe Pritchard in their ranks due to his Achilles tendon injury. Coleman may opt for some fresh legs, keeping in mind an upcoming match against Mansfield Town. We could see players like Dan Martin, Aaron Pickles, and Connor O’Brien coming off the bench.

Carlisle, meanwhile, might not showcase their full strength. After securing his team’s first league win of the season against Shrewsbury, Garner is anticipated to start. Tomas Holy, the former Ipswich Town goalie, is expected to guard the nets, and the freshly loaned Alfie McCalmont from Leeds United is likely to play a vital role in the midfield.


  1. Match Outcome Prediction: Based on their current forms and the advantage of playing at home, Accrington seem slightly more poised to seize the victory. Hence, considering the “win-draw-away” market, we predict an Accrington win. This is especially since Accrington had a deeper run in the competition last year compared to Carlisle.
  2. Correct Score Prediction: With both teams showing variable forms and considering their recent games, a 2-1 victory in favour of Accrington seems plausible.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction: Accrington’s Sean McConville and Carlisle’s Owen Moxon have shown promise. Given their current form, we predict Sean McConville to find the net during the match.


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Gram Dodd
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