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Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

3 November 2020

Lincoln City v Pompey

Pompey and Lincoln had both enjoyed bulldozing past whatever was put in front of them in recent weeks.

But the duo were stopped in their tracks at the weekend, with the Blues losing at home to Charlton and the Imps defeated at Doncaster.

So a return to winning ways will be the focus of Kenny Jackett and Michael Appleton when the pair clash at Sincil Bank this evening (7pm kick-off).

The latter had led his side to the top of the League One pile before that Keepmoat Stadium reverse dropped them to third position.

They are still four places – and five points – above Pompey, who will be looking to close that gap and climb back into the play-off spots.

City’s only loss on their own patch in the league came at the hands of Bristol Rovers last month, although they were also thrashed 7-2 by top-flight champions Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.

You have to go back 40 years to find the last time Lincoln came out on top in a meeting between the teams – although there have been just six encounters since.

Pompey won both contests last season, with Ronan Curtis and John Marquis on target in a 2-0 victory at Sincil Bank.

TEAM NEWS
Jack Whatmough is set to be out for around three weeks with a hamstring problem, with Rasmus Nicolaisen likely to replace him in defence.

Michael Jacobs (knee) is still sidelined, but Ellis Harrison returned to the pitch against Charlton on Saturday.

Lincoln will be without the injured trio of Liam Bridcutt (thigh), Callum Morton (shoulder) and Joe Walsh (knee), while Max Melbourne (thigh) is also a doubt.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Sean Raggett ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 wins
Lincoln: 5 wins
5 draws

At Sincil Bank
Pompey: 4 wins
Lincoln: 3 wins
2 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Carl Brook
Assistants: Christopher Ward and Kenwyn Hughes
Fourth Official: Gareth Mellor

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK can watch the action live – with graphics, commentary and replays – by purchasing a match pass for £10.

Subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 6pm.

Please note that subscribers based in the UK and Ireland will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

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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.

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BETTING
Pompey are the 11/8 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 7/4.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday's game. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated

Shrewsbury v Burton (6pm)
Blackpool v Wigan
Bristol Rovers v Peterborough
Charlton v Fleetwood
Crewe v Gillingham
Oxford v Rochdale
Plymouth v Swindon
Sunderland v Ipswich
AFC Wimbledon v Doncaster (7.45pm)
Northampton v MK Dons (7.45pm)

LAST MEETING


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