Exeter v Carlisle preview
Last Updated: 03/08/18 4:15pm
Exeter boss Matt Taylor has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the League Two opener against Carlisle on Saturday.
Taylor had concerns over strike duo Jonathan Forte and Jayden Stockley but both will be available. There were fears new signing Forte had broken a hand during City’s pre-season clash with Bristol Rovers but he has been given the all-clear. Stockley’s wife, meanwhile, had been due to give birth this weekend but the baby arrived early.
Taylor takes charge of his first competitive game for the Grecians after Paul Tisdale ended his long association with the club, taking up the managers’ post at MK Dons.
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Winger Adam Campbell could make his second debut for Carlisle a day after signing on loan from Morecambe. The 23-year-old made one substitute appearance during a brief loan spell from Newcastle in 2013 and will hope for more action this time after signing on for six months at Brunton Park.
Manager John Sheridan is still hoping to add a defender to his squad having so far made eight summer signings. His only absentee for Saturday’s clash will be midfielder Jason Kennedy, who is not expected to be fit until the new year following a pelvis operation.
Exeter host Carlisle on the first day of the season for the first time since 1961, drawing 0-0 in an English fourth tier fixture.
Exeter have won four of their previous 10 meetings with Carlisle in all competitions (D3 L3), with only two of those wins coming at home (in December 2014 in League Two and May 2017 in a play-off match).
Exeter City have won three of their last five opening day Football League fixtures (D1 L1), but before that were winless in eight.
Carlisle have not won their first game of the season in any of the last seven campaigns, with their last such victory coming against Brentford (2-0 in August 2010).
When playing away from home on the opening weekend in the Football League, Carlisle have not failed to score in a game since they lost 1-0 to Peterborough in 1987, and are unbeaten in all 10 games since (W3 D7).