Belinda CarlisleOh baby do you know what that’s worth? Oh, heaven is a place on earth. Carlisle. Belinda Carlisle. Marvellous. Belinda Carlisle that is, not Carlisle. That said, we’ve never been – it is probably quite decent as Anglo-Scottish border towns go. What we do know is that Carlisle – not Belinda Carlisle – is the next port of call for a resurgent Boro’ team looking to get two straight league wins under their belt for the first time since October. Yep, it really has been that long…

When the night falls down, I wait for you, and to come around. And the world’s alive. It’s funny what a win can do for your confidence. Much like learning to ride a bicycle without a pair of stabilisers, it is a habit that can stick with you if you attend to it enough times in the early stages. That means grinding out another win. It can be ugly if you want. It can be positively Luke Chadwick if needs be.

When I feel alone, I reach for you and to bring me home. If home were the playoffs and if feeling alone was actually feeling cold in early February, then we might just have contrived ourselves an analogy. Carlisle starts a mini-run of away days that would’ve otherwise been interrupted had Oldham Athletic not progressed in the FA Cup. If you were setting a target for that run, what would you take? Three? Five? Seven points?

We’ll make heaven a place on earth; Oh, heaven is a place on earth. To a certain extent, it is still in our hands despite a pretty dire winter. A win at Brunton Park could see us back at the door of the top six; follow-up at Brentford and we really kick it in. Carlisle’s home form is erratic (not Belinda’s) and, overall, is fractionally better than ours. We have a chance, so we might as well make the most of it. Forza Boro’ etc…

FIFA 13 Verdict:
Do give generously to the “BoroGuide Needs A New Controller” fund…

Bookmakers’ Verdict:
We’re not seeing a high-scoring encounter in the making here. In three League meetings, a mere four goals have been scored. Carlisle United to win 1-0 is available at 8s with Coral, a 1-0 Boro’ win is 11s – again Coral; and a 1-1 draw is 13/2 with Blue Square and 888. Marcus Haber is 21/10 with Bet365 to score anytime, while Lucas Akins is 11/5 to get the goal that puts him onto double figures. Everything correct when written…

Last Season:
Carlisle United 1-0 Stevenage

Team Tarot (4-4-2):
Arnold
Gray
Chorley
Roberts (c)
Comminges
Akins
Dunne
Tansey
Freeman
Belek
Hoskins