Carlisle v Grimsby preview
Last Updated: 01/10/18 5:32pm
Carlisle boss John Sheridan is determined to make changes for his side's Brunton Park clash with struggling Grimsby.
Sheridan was left frustrated after watching his side fall to another home defeat against Stevenage on Saturday. And to add to the Cumbrians' problems both Jack Sowerby (knee) and Richie Bennett (groin) face late fitness tests after being forced off on Saturday.
Danny Grainger remains on the sidelines while striker Jerry Yates serves the second match of his current suspension.
Grimsby boss Michael Jolley has more injury problems to contend with as his side aim to avoid a seventh League Two defeat in a row. Defender Harry Davis is expected to be out for some time after suffering an injury in Saturday's defeat to Morecambe, while Ben Pringle is also unlikely to figure.
Akin Famewo is still sidelined due to his recent concussion but Jolley is more optimistic over midfielder Jordan Cook who faces a late fitness test. Harry Caldwell has returned to training with the Mariners but is still considered to be be some way short of regaining match fitness.
Carlisle have won four of their last six league games against Grimsby Town (D1 L1), keeping clean sheets in three of those victories and in each of the last two.
Grimsby have failed to score in two of their last three away league games against Carlisle, losing them both whilst winning the other 3-1 in January 2017.
Grimsby have lost six consecutive league games. They last lost seven EFL games on the bounce back in May 2008.
Carlisle United manager John Sheridan has never previously lost to Grimsby in five meetings in the Football League (W2 D3), with his sides scoring 2+ goals in all five such matches (16 goals total).