Everton heading into setting for an upset


The struggles that Carlisle United have had to go through in recent months are far beyond what a football club can normally expect.

Floods meant the stadium was unusable and the town itself was severely hit, with many people losing their homes and possessions.

The effects hit the Cumbrian community as a whole and the Blue and White army were left without a home ground.

Brunton Park was unusable for seven weeks after Storm Desmond and a neutral ground had to be used for three games.

Now the Cumbrians are back where they belong and they marked their return with a 1-1 draw with York City.

The visit of Premier League Everton in their second game back home is sure to galvanise the League Two club and the Toffees can expect an amazing atmosphere inside Brunton Park.

An upset is definitely on the cards given the emotion that will be on display and Everton’s recent form suggests they are there for the taking.

Roberto Martinez’s men are struggling to pick up wins and their recent record became a viral hit on social media this week.

The Toffees won 21 of Martinez’s opening 38 games, but in the 61 matches since then they have only triumphed on 18 occasions.

Heading into a ground of a club who are so invigorated for the game has been the downfall of many favourites and Bruton Park will be the setting for this to happen again.

For example, in 2009 Turf Moor was the setting for one of the biggest upsets in Premier League history.

Burnley were playing their first home game of the season as they returned to the top flight after a 33-year absence.

Manchester United were the opponents that day and were heading to the Lancashire club as champions.

The Clarets sold out their ground and the whole stadium was motivated by their long absence from the summit of English football and they marked the occasion with a 1-0 win.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.