COLCHESTER United host Carlisle United in their first home game of the season this afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The U's are aiming to claim their first points of the new League Two season, following their 3-2 defeat at Northampton Town last weekend.

From team news to line-ups, key men and the referee, all you need to know can be found below ahead of today's game.

U's team news

Colchester will be without Emyr Huws (ankle) and skipper Tommy Smith (foot) for the game against Carlisle.

U's boss Wayne Brown must decide whether or not to hand a debut to new signing Kieran O'Hara or stick with Sam Hornby, between the sticks.

Frank Nouble, Cameron Coxe and Alex Newby are also pushing for starts.

Colchester head coach Wayne Brown: “Carlisle is going to be a little bit of a different animal to Northampton, as will Ipswich on Tuesday.

“They’re all different, they all need to be taken in isolation and ultimately it’s our job to prepare the lads in the best way that we can.

“You have to take every game in isolation.

“Yes we are at home, yes we’re against a different team with a different way that they go about things to Northampton.

“It’s about us coming up with a plan of action, a blueprint for the game and going out there and executing it to the best of our ability, just like we tried to do against Northampton.”


Predicted line-ups:

Colchester United: Hornby, Tchamadeu, Chambers, Eastman, Clampin, Skuse, Judge, Hannant, Chilvers, Akinde, Sears

Carlisle United:Holy, Back, Feeney, Barclay, Mellish, Armer, Gibson, Guy, Moxon, Edmondson, Dennis

Last meeting:

Colchester and Carlisle played out a 2-2 draw when the two sides met at the JobServe Community Stadium, last February.

Patrick Omari gave the visitors the lead just after half-time but Tommy Smith equalised for the U's.

Tyreik Wright then put Colchester ahead but a late goal by Tobi Sho-Silva denied the home side the points.


Opposition view

Carlisle boss Paul Simpson:

"I think it’s going to be a tough game, because of the experience they’ve got," he said.

"On paper it looks a tough game. We’ve got to make sure on grass we make it as easy as we can and work hard, like we did last weekend, play some real front foot football when we’re out of possession and when we’ve got the ball.

"If we do that I do believe we can cause them problems.

"We’ve got to be able to deal with the ability they’ve got with the likes of Cole Skuse and Judge in midfield, two good footballers, strikers in Sears and Akinde and Nouble, really experienced players who’ve been round the block.

"We’re gonna have to be on our game against them. It’s a game I’m really looking forward to and hoping one we can show what we’re all about."


Colchester are 6/5 to beat Carlisle today and claim their first win of the season. Carlisle are 9/4 while the draw is 23/10.


James Oldham is the man in the middle today.

This is Mr Oldham's first game of the season - last season, he took charge of 30 matches, showing 119 yellow cards and four reds.

Fixtures, League Two, today (3pm kick-off):

Barrow v Bradford City, Colchester United v Carlisle United, Crawley Town v Leyton Orient, Crewe Alexandra v Harrogate Town, Doncaster Rovers v Sutton United, Gillingham v Rochdale, Grimsby Town v Northampton Town, Hartlepool United v AFC Wimbledon, Mansfield Town v Tranmere Rovers, Newport County v Walsall, Stevenage v Stockport County, Swindon Town v Salford City.