Stevenage v Carlisle - Saturday 15:00

Keith Curle wasn’t short of superlatives to describe his Carlisle players after they defied the odds to beat Hartlepool last weekend. The Cumbrians played the final 30 minutes with ten men but responded magnificently to being pegged back twice, digging deep to restore their lead twice and eventually run out 3-2 winners.

So after 13 matches, United remain the only unbeaten side in the EFL but it’s hard to escape the suspicion that their first defeat is imminent. They’ve lost the shot count in three of their last four matches and while they’ve risen to the occasion in front of travelling hordes at Blackpool and Morecambe, they might be consumed by a sense of anti-climax at Broadhall Way.

Stevenage are one of the weaker sides in the section but might present stiff opposition in their current dynamic, playing with a sense of debt to Darren Sarll. The Boro were 2-0 winners away at Morecambe last weekend in response to some very frank but accurate criticism from the manager following the 2-1 home defeat to leaders Plymouth.

Sarll has pulled out all the stops over the summer to get the players a better deal in terms of professional standards, so a repeat of last season’s struggles won’t be tolerated. Back the home win at 14/5 and take a chance on Stevenage to clear the -1 handicap at 17/2 also. Carlisle’s unbeaten run demands a cavalier chase if they are trailing late on.

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Stevenage to win - 1pt @ 14/5
Stevenage -1 on the handicap - 1pt @ 15/2