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Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One contest

28 January 2020

Lincoln v Pompey

Pompey might be fighting on three fronts, but it is the league that represents their most important battle.

And the quest for points continues at Sincil Bank this evening, as Kenny Jackett’s side take on Lincoln.

Their opponents are currently sitting 12th in the table in their first season at this level for 21 years – and are not out of the running for a promotion spot themselves.

The Imps are only five adrift of the play-off spaces, although have played more games than most of the sides above them.

Former Blues boss Michael Appleton is the man currently in charge, having been appointed manager back in September.

He has the tough task of following in the footsteps of the Cowley brothers, who masterminded the club’s rise up the divisions before leaving for Huddersfield.

Lincoln have impressed on their own patch this season, having dropped points on just three occasions and beaten the likes of Sunderland and Ipswich.

In fact, you have to go all the way back to November 20 to find the last time they failed to win at home.

Pompey have not paid a visit to Sincil Bank since their 1982/83 Division Three title-winning campaign, when Billy Rafferty’s brace and a goal from Steve Aizlewood secured a 3-0 victory.

It was a closer affair when the sides met on the south coast earlier in the current season, with John Marquis’ strike settling a scrappy contest.

Fixture News

Joe's Injury Update: Lincoln (A)

27 January 2020

TEAM NEWS
Andy Cannon limped off towards the end of Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Barnsley, but is not an injury doubt.

Pompey could also welcome back Lee Brown and Ross McCrorie, with the duo both returning to full training.

It leaves Bryn Morris (groin) as the only member of the Blues squad who is currently in the treatment room.

Lincoln also have no fresh injuries to worry about, but recent signing Tom Hopper could make his first start up front.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Joe Gallen and Tom Naylor ahead of Pompey’s first visit to Sincil Bank for 37 years.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 9 wins
Lincoln: 5 wins
5 draws

At Sincil Bank
Pompey: 3 wins
Lincoln: 3 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Visiting fans have already snapped up more than 1,000 tickets, which are no longer available to buy directly from Pompey.

Supporters can, however, pay at the ground this evening (cash only) by visiting the Ticket Point Two window next to the club shop.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Wayne Grunnill and Ian Dudley
Fourth Official: Declan Bourne

Fixture News

Watch Lincoln Game On iFollow

28 January 2020

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary, replays and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass.

Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Ian Wilding and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can also watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please use the dedicated support channels, rather than contacting the club. You can email ifollow@efl.com or use the live chat tool in the bottom right corner of this website’s homepage.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey can be backed at 6/4 with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts are available at 13/8.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

Tonight
Accrington v Peterborough
AFC Wimbledon v Burton
Doncaster v Southend
Fleetwood v Coventry
MK Dons v Rochdale
Rotherham v Ipswich
Wycombe v Blackpool
Bolton v Bristol Rovers (8pm)

Tomorrow
Gillingham v Shrewsbury
Tranmere v Sunderland

LAST MEETING


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