This Saturday sees Tranmere involved in yet another tough away game, as they travel to Carlisle for the first time in the league since the 1988/89 season, although the two teams have met a total of five times in the cup since.
The game will be hotly contested, as both teams have made good starts to the 2006/07 season and will continue to be in and around the promotion places for the rest of the season.
Tranmere are expecting a big away following with two coaches already booked up and the possibility of a third travelling up to
Ground: Brunton Park
Manager: Neil McDonald
Nickname: The Blues
Season Finish 2005/06: 1st (Coca-Cola League Two)
The last time Tranmere and
The two sides played out a dull 0-0 draw after firstly 90 minutes, and then 120 minutes (just how Brian Little likes it), as the two sides went to a penalty shoot-out, which was anything but dull.
Tranmere have only won seven of their 31 trips to Carlisle
In 31 out of 66 meetings, at least one of the two sides has scored three goals
Tranmere haven't won at Carlisle in the league since October 10th 1961
Tranmere are unbeaten in four on October 21st
In four out of six meetings in October, the winning side has kept a clean sheet
The Form Book:
Carlisle Last 6 Home Games (including cup): LWWDWW
Tranmere Last 6 Away Games (including cup): WDLWLW
Despite having not won an away game since promotion to League One, Carlisle have made a fine start this season, thanks to some very strong home form.
So far, from seven home league games, The Blues have picked up 16 points at home (21 available), with just one defeat at the hands of Millwall (2-1) in their most recent home fixture.
Prior to that, Neil McDonald's side were unbeaten at home after their return to League One.
At the start of the season, before the Northampton match, Carlisle won three straight home games, as firstly Doncaster Rovers were beaten 1-0 on the opening day before Leyton Orient made the long trip from London and lost 3-1 then Cheltenham Town were defeated 2-0 thanks to strikes from Gall and the now injured Hawley.
Away from home, Carlisle are yet to get going, picking up just four points from an available 21, with four draws and three defeats, plus two defeats on the road in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and the Carling Cup.
Most recently on the road,
However, prior to that,
However, from their opening two away games,
This season, Tranmere's away form has been very topsy turvy. They are yet to win two consecutive away games, yet at the same time, they are yet to lose two consecutive away games.
So far, all of Tranmere's away games have come in set's of two, and Tranmere interestingly enough, up until their win over Bury in midweek, were yet to win the first of the two games, but still haven't lost the second of the two games - a record which they will be looking to keep up this weekend in the North West against Carlisle.
In their opening away game, Rovers lost 1-0 to
Their next away game was in the Carling Cup, a game which they lost, 2-1 after extra time at the KC Stadium against
Rovers then lost 2-1 on a cold Tuesday night in
Rovers then lost 2-0 at
At home, Tranmere have been largely good, until their last three home games, in which they have picked up one point.
However, since then, Rovers are without a home win, after draws with
Rovers are five league games without a win, thanks to a combination of defeats and draws against
Tranmere Rovers fan David Raven was at Rovers last season, on-loan from
He made 11 appearances for Tranmere last season under Brian Little, but after being left out of the first 11 against Doncaster Rovers on the last day of the season by Jason McAteer, it was clear to all that the boy who had made his dream by playing for Rovers wasn't going to stay at the club.
Since being released by
Kevin Gray had a less than successful time at
After signing for Tranmere from
However, the defenders time at
This season, Gray has played 12 times, scoring once already from centre-back, something Tranmere's defenders have yet to do this season.
For Rovers, it is likely that Calvin Zola will once again miss out with a foot injury, but other than that, Ronnie Moore's side could be back to full fitness, with rumours circulating that striker Gareth Taylor will once again be fit after a jaw injury.