League Two side Carlisle United will look to complete their FA Cup upset when they take on Championship side Cardiff City in this third-round replay.
A 2-2 draw in the original match earned Carlisle this replay. They come into this fixture on the back of a 3-0 loss to Plymouth in the League Two competition, making it a three-match competitive winless run. In the FA Cup, Carlisle are unbeaten in four matches, winning two and drawing two. The record gets better at home, as Carlisle are unbeaten in four such fixtures. Carlisle have, indeed, won three of their last four FA Cup home matches. That said, their recent competitive home form hasn’t been up to scratch. Carlisle have failed to win four of their last five such matches, drawing three and losing once.
Cardiff followed the draw in the third-round with a goalless in the Wales derby with Swansea. That made it just one win in eight competitive fixtures coming into this match. In the FA Cup too, Cardiff have failed to win seven of their last eight matches – losing five and drawing two. However, Cardiff have won three of their last four away FA Cup matches and will be fairly confident of trying out. That said, Cardiff have struggled on the road this season, winning just two of their 14 away competitive matches so far.
Both Carlisle United and Cardiff City are struggling in their respective leagues which means this replay could be an interesting and open game. Carlisle would be keen to extend their stay, but it will be tough to seal promotion. Back the match to have goals, as has been the case in their recent matches.