Notts County vs Carlisle preview
Last Updated: 26/11/18 2:55pm
Notts County caretaker Steve Chettle will lead the club against Carlisle for the last time before Neal Ardley takes charge.
Former AFC Wimbledon boss Ardley will take the reins this week after returning from a family holiday, leaving Chettle in charge against the Cumbrians as the hosts look to end a seven-match winless run in League Two.
Chettle is expected to be without Enzio Boldewijn, who has had a scan on the knee injury that forced him off after just 10 minutes of Saturday's draw at Morecambe. Forwards Jon Stead, Kane Hemmings and Lewis Alessandra all sat out again at the weekend but Stead and Hemmings are closing in on returns.
Carlisle could be without Tom Parkes and Danny Grainger again. Defender Parkes has been struggling with a hamstring problem while a calf injury has kept skipper Grainger sidelined for the last two games.
Midfielder Kelvin Etuhu returned from a hamstring injury by coming on as a substitute against Forest Green and could now return to the starting XI. Jason Kennedy is back in training after missing a year with a pelvic injury and is targeting a playing comeback in the new year.
Notts County are unbeaten in three league games against Carlisle (W2 D1), after losing three consecutive games against them before this run.
Carlisle have won on two of their last three visits to Notts County in all competitions (L1), as many wins as they had managed in their first 14 trips there.
Notts County have failed to score in four of their nine home league games this season, one more than in the whole of last season (3).
Carlisle have won four of their last six away games in League Two (D1 L1), scoring at least twice in four of those games.
Carlisle's Jamie Devitt has scored four goals and assisted three more in his eight games against Notts County in the Football League; those four goals are more than he has managed against any other side in the EFL.