Carlisle United are 16/5 for the win they need this afternoon to try and delay relegation by another week.

The Blues go to Northampton Town today where a defeat would confirm the drop and even a draw or victory may not be enough depending on results elsewhere.

A win would, at least, give Paul Simpson's side a realistic chance of holding on for another few days, and Betfair make United 16/5 for three points at the Sixfields Stadium.

A Carlisle win against Jon Brady's Cobblers is also priced 29/10 by SkyBet and 14/5 by BetVictor.

Northampton, 11th in League One, are short odds favourites to see off Simpson's strugglers this afternoon.

They are 19/20 for victory with 888Sport, Evens with Betfred and 10/11 with SkyBet.

The draw is 5/2.

Luke Armstrong is 8/1 to open the scoring today for Carlisle, who have got the first goal in six of their last seven away games.

Other first scorer prices in the Blues ranks include Georgie Kelly at 10/1, Dan Butterworth at 12/1, Jon Mellish at 22/1 and Jordan Gibson at 13/1.

For the Cobblers, top scorer Sam Hoskins is 5/1 to add to his 15 league goals this season with the opener.

Louie Appere is 7/1 and Kieron Bowie is 15/2.

Longer shots in the respective ranks include Northampton's former United midfielder Jack Sowerby at 20/1 and defender Jon Guthrie at 25/1, while Carlisle's Jack Armer - scorer of the opening goal in this game last season - is priced 40/1 for a repeat.

Carlisle went down 2-1 in that fixture in December 2022 and a similar outcome today is 8/1.

United are 11/1 to win by that scoreline, and a 1-0 victory on the road for the Cumbrians is 9/1.

Brady's team are 6/1 for a 1-0 home win and 9/1 for a second consecutive 2-0 win at Sixfields, while a repeat of December's 2-2 draw between the teams is 16/1.

Carlisle are 11/1 to win by a two-goal margin, as they did in their previous away game against Peterborough United, while a Harry Lewis clean sheet is priced 3/1.

Source: Oddschecker.