QPR v Carlisle United – End of the road for the Blues at Loftus Road
Carlisle United's involvement in the Capital One Cup will likely be a short one.
August 25th, 2015
One defeat in five games doesn’t tell the full story really. An opening day draw at Mansfield was followed by a thrilling 3-1 Capital One Cup win over League One side Chesterfield, summer signing Jabo Ibehre scoring a brace in a match which needed extra-time to separate the sides.
Ibehre followed this with a hat-trick in the 4-4 draw against Cambridge United, a game which had almost everything. The hosts came from behind three times against a side which remain one of the favourites to win League Two. Indeed, the Cumbrians fell two goals behind within 20 minutes and a home defeat looked to be on the cards before Ibehre slotted home twice to level the scores.
A Barry Corr goal saw Cambridge once again take the lead before half-time with Charlie Wyke levelling things once again soon into the second half. Carlisle were soon a goal behind again thanks to a Luke Berry strike and Ibehre completed his hat-trick to earn a valuable point for the Cumbrians. Add in a handful of open-goal misses and a couple of hit-posts and there you have it – thrilling stuff.
Carlisle’s next outing – a lengthy 779 mile midweek away trip to Plymouth – wasn’t quite so exciting for the visiting fans. Carlisle went home with their tail very much between their legs following a 4-1 hammering and the travelling hordes headed back up north in the realisation that things might not be quite as rosy as they had previously thought.
To be fair, eight goals conceded in two games isn’t a record to be proud of and there can’t be many Blues fans who are optimistic enough to predict that Carlisle can hold out against a QPR side which have hit the back of the net twelve times in their last four outings.
Indeed, Rangers head into this clash on the back of a 4-2 victory over Rotherham and despite their principle aim clearly being an immediate return back to the top flight, the hosts will be in no mood to let the Cumbrians inflict upon them their first home defeat of the season.
In theory, this should be an easy win for QPR. In practice, that is exactly what it will be. Carlisle may have scored in each of their five games this season and they might well find the net at Loftus Road, however it won’t be sufficient for them to secure a passage to the next round of the Capital One Cup.
QPR win, both teams to score – William Hill 21/10
Over 2.5 goals – Betfred 4/6