The Wembley final is between two in form teams. Both teams having won 4 lost 2 of their last 6 games.
Southampton have the edge on away form with a 2 win 3 draw 1 defeat record in last six. Carlisle have drawn 3 lost 3.
Today though will be different as both teams have players that are cup-tied and injured. Neither team will be using their strongest eleven but that won’t detract from the game.
In the main it will be about two teams who sit together in the top half of league division one. Teams that will be using the players that got them to the final.
Both teams have beaten teams above them in the league to reach the final. Leeds were beaten by Carlisle and Norwich, Charlton and the MK Dons were beaten by Southampton.
So let nobody say that this is a final between week lucky teams.
Southampton Team News:
Team still not known as a few players need to have a late fitness test.
Player to watch: Lambert
Rickie Lambert the Southampton goal machine has hit a strong vein of scoring form.
Carlisle Team News:
Carlisle are relishing their tag as the underdogs and say this is much more evenly matched than a lot of people think.
Player to watch: Gillespie
Tricky little fellow could have the room to cause many a problem to the Saints.
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