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Stockport County vs Carlisle United betting tips: League Two play-off final preview, predictions and odds

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Stockport County vs Carlisle United

Stockport to win 1-0 against Carlisle- 6/1!


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Stockport County vs Carlisle United

May 28, 2023

1:30 pm GMT+1

Stockport County vs Carlisle United match preview

After both came through dramatic play-off semi-finals last weekend, who will be celebrating promotion to League One at Wembley?

Stockport County went into their second leg a goal down against Salford City, only for Isaac Olaofe to make it all square on aggregate, thereby forcing extra time.

Salford had then seemingly snatched the win at Edgeley Park, scoring in the 112th minute, but Jack Stretton then bagged another equaliser shortly after.

In the subsequent shootout, Paddy Madden, Will Collar and Antoni Sarcević all scored from 12 yards, while Salford missed three of their four spot-kicks, meaning it’s Stockport who who march on.

The Hatters are now just one win away from back-to-back promotions, having been crowned National League champions a mere 12 months ago.

So, will Dave Challinor lead his side back into the third-tier for the first time since 2011?

Carlisle too got through their semi, despite also losing the first leg 1-0 on the road.

Eight days ago, the Cumbrians beat Bradford 1-0 at Brunton Park, meaning a very entertaining extra time period was to follow.

Callum Guy fired Carlisle in front, only for Bradford to equalise shortly after, but, just as another shootout seemed likely, Ben Barclay sparked wild celebrations in Cumbria; 3-2 on aggregate it finished.

Paul Simpson’s side ended up fifth in League Two this season, which represents a remarkable turnaround, given that they finished 20th a year ago.

Thus, Carlisle are seeking to get back into the third division after nine seasons away, although their record in play-offs isn’t great.

Since gaining promotion to League Two in their debut play-off campaign in 2005, ousting Aldershot and Stevenage, they’ve never gone up via this method, beaten by Leeds in 2008 and Exeter nine years later.

Stockport’s record is even worse, successful in just one of seven play-off campaigns, this a 3-2 victory over Rochdale at Wembley exactly 15 years and two days ago.

Here, play-off dreams will come true for one, so who will end their League One exile with victory at the National Stadium?

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