Tuesday Football Tips: Back Carlisle the first-half experts

Tuesday football tip
Tuesday's tip comes in Carlisle's game with Crawley in League Two

Paul Higham's Tuesday tip comes in League Two where Carlisle have been a dominant first-half force this season.

"Carlisle are dominant in the first half – getting ahead in 12 of their 18 home games this campaign. No team has managed that more."

Back Carlisle to lead at HT against Crawley @ 2.6313/8

Carlisle v Crawley
Tuesday 30 March 19:00 BST

If you want entertainment in League Two head to Brunton Park, that's what they all say, as we head to Cumbria for Crawley's trip to Carlisle for Tuesday's tip.

There's not much between the two sides, with Carlisle just three points behind Crawley with a game in hand, but the hosts are warm order favourites thanks to their decent home record coupled with Crawley's struggles on the road.

Crawley have lost five of the last six on the road and this gives 2.0521/20 favourites Carlisle the perfect chance to bounce back from successive home losses.

You can bump up a Carlisle win with both teams to score at 4.216/5 and both of these sides operate at above the league average with 58% and 54% of their matches seeing both teams find the net.

Carlisle have only failed to find the net once this season while Crawley have bagged a goal in their last 14 away games in all competitions.

The over 2.5 stats are also compelling with Brunton Park, as mentioned, the entertainment capital of League Two as 12 of the 18 league games played there this season have gone over and there have been a league-most 3.2 goals per game.

Considering those stats, Carlisle and over 2.5 goals coming in at 3.259/4 seems a touch generous and definitely one for the notebook.

The Cumbrians are also dominant in the first half - getting ahead in 12 of their 18 home games this campaign. No team has managed that more so the 2.6313/8 on them doing it again is a must.


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Staked: 13pts
Returned: 7.01pts
P/L: -5.99pts

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