Promotion awaits for one side as Carlisle United and Stockport County go head-to-head in the League Two Playoff Final at Wembley today.
After a long and testing season, it all comes down to one match. For one set of fans this weekend’s final whistle will bring joy and optimism, while for the other it’ll mean nothing but heartbreak and frustration.
To reach this stage both sides had to overturn 1-0 deficits from the first leg of their semi-final clashes, with Carlisle beating Bradford 3-1 after extra time, while Stockport had to overcome a penalty shootout against local rivals Salford City.
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When is Carlisle vs Stockport
Carlisle vs Stockport takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
What is the kick-off time for Carlisle vs Stockport?
Carlisle vs Stockport will kick-off at 1:30pm (UK time).
Where can I watch Carlisle vs Stockport on TV?
- UK: Sky Sports Football
- US: ESPN+
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Who is refereeing Carlisle vs Stockport?
Tom Nield is the referee for this crucial League Two play-off final. Nield is 32-years-old and only in March returned from a spell refereeing in the J League in Japan. He refereed the first leg of the Salford vs Stockport game so he will be familar to County fans. He tends to show cards with over 3.5 cards produced in six of his previous nine fixtures in all competitions.
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Carlisle team news
Finley Back has a chance of making the final after missing the two games against Bradford, though he does still face a race against time to return to fitness.
Manager Paul Simpson has been here before having led the club into League One through the play-offs back in 2006 when Simpson was a player-manager. It has been another good job for the boss who took over the club when they were 23rd in the table.
Stockport team news
Top scorer Kyle Wooten missed out against Salford last time and remains doubtful here, though experienced midfielder Antoni Sarcevic returned to action from the bench to provide the assist for Jack Stretton’s extra-time goal while also netting the winning spot-kick in the shootout.
Sam Parkin says that while the Cumbrians will be a threat, he believes the Hatters are slight favourites.
“I’d make them slight favourites given that they went close to automatic promotion,” Parkin said on ITV’s EFL Play Off Highlights show.
“Over the last quarter of the season, I think they’ve had the joint most points so they’ve been in really good form and those players coming back to the fore, the likes of Will Collar, Sarcevic today, Paddy Madden got through 120 minutes somehow, so they’re better stocked now to take on Carlisle.”
Carlisle vs Stockport: Predictions
Both these sides have scored plenty of goals this season, so we should be in for an entertaining clash. However, it was Stockport who finished higher in the league table, while they took four points from Carlisle during the regular season. Expect that dominance to continue at Wembley.
Scoreline prediction: Carlisle 1-2 Stockport
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