Carlisle's unbeaten record looks under threat at Newport this weekend.
Newport v Carlisle - Saturday 13:00
Graham Westley is slowly but surely infusing a winning mentality at Newport. After a wretched sequence of just one win in 26 matches (18 defeats) stretching all the way back to March, the Exiles are now four games unbeaten and demonstrated their renewed sense of purpose with a Checkatrade Trophy success over Wimbledon in midweek.
It was a meaningless encounter played out in front of just 368 spectators - the Welsh club were already eliminated from the competition with two defeats under previous boss Warren Feeney - but that didn’t stop Westley firing-up his players to the point that they became embroiled in a melee with their League One opponents in the first half on the way to a 2-0 victory.
Amusing though that might be in keeping with Westley’s persona, it’s precisely the sort of encouragement you need to chance the home win at odds of 3/1 here. The two teams might be 23 places apart but Newport are posting better shot data than their position suggests and Carlisle are sixth in shot ratio terms, not second.
The Cumbrians are protecting the EFL’s only remaining unbeaten start with 15 matches played but Westley, since day one, has been playing the much-of-a-muchness card whenever questioned about other teams in the division and he will genuinely relish the opportunity to rain on their parade. Don’t expect United to go down without a fight, take the Newport 2-1 correct score at 13/1.100% Bonus Up to £200