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Match Preview: Carlisle United v. Bolton Wanderers

Stu Forster

Bolton Wanderers are all set for the penultimate match of their pre-season with a trip due north to Carlisle United's Brunton Park for a Tuesday night clash. Wanderers are winless in their preparations for the new season following a 2-1 loss at Rotherham United and a 3-3 draw at Shrewsbury Town. Wanderers have shown some bright spots and some rust thus far but will look to shine against the Cumbrians.

Thus far this summer, the combination of Marvin Sordell and Rob Hall has perhaps been the most impressive part of Dougie Freedman's Wanderers side with the former scoring three goals thus far (all with some style) and the latter providing two of the three, beating multiple defenders on each occasion. The defense has been an issue for the whites, having allowed five goals in the last two matches.

United are coming off of a 1-4 loss at home against Burnley last weekend and a 1-2 loss at Annan Athletic before that. Carlisle finished last season's League One campaign in 17th place, level on points with Shrewsbury Town and narrowly avoiding relegation. The Cumbrians have spent the last seven seasons in League One following a resurgent rise that began in 2004/05. At the end of that season, Carlisle returned to the Football League at the first time of asking after being relegated to the conference before that. In the 05/06 season, their first back in the Football League, they won the League Two title and have been in League One since.

Manager Greg Abbot has not made many moves thus far this summer, having released seven players at the start of the off-season. The Carlisle boss has brought one player in though, 22-year-old former Liverpool youngster David Amoo on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers.