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Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

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23 November 2021

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Lincoln City v Pompey

The Cowley brothers should receive a warm welcome from both sets of fans at Sincil Bank this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Danny and Nicky were at the helm when the home side were promoted from fifth tier to third in the space of just three seasons.

They also oversaw the Imps becoming the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

That came courtesy of a 1-0 victory at top-flight Burnley in 2017, with a certain Sean Raggett heading home the late winner.

And there was also Wembley glory, with Lincoln seeing off Shrewsbury to lift the EFL Trophy a year later.

Now led by former Blues boss Michael Appleton, they came close to reaching the Championship last term.

A fifth-placed finish and two-legged triumph over Sunderland was followed by a narrow defeat to Blackpool in the play-off final.

City are currently down in 16th position, but head into the game on a five-match unbeaten run, including Saturday’s goalless draw at Doncaster.

Pompey impressed in their 3-1 success at Sincil Bank last term, with John Marquis’ brace and a Ronan Curtis strike sealing the points for Kenny Jackett’s side.

TEAM NEWS
Lee Brown is serving a one-match ban after collecting his fifth booking of the season against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

There is a doubt over the availability of John Marquis (tendon), while skipper Clark Robertson (hip) is joined by Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring) and Jayden Reid (knee) in the treatment room.

Lincoln also have injury concerns, with Liam Bridcutt (knee), Tom Hopper (shin) and Joe Walsh (quad) currently sidelined.

Meanwhile, Lewis Fiorini, Adam Jackson, Dan Nlundulu, Anthony Scully and Lasse Sørensen are all carrying knocks.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Joe Morrell or watch the video below.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Lincoln: 6 wins
5 draws

At Sincil Bank
Pompey: 5 wins
Lincoln: 3 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can purchase tickets (card only) at Sincil Bank this evening. Click here for more details.

Click here to read a guide for away supporters if you are heading to the game and click here for parking options.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Paul Newhouse and Mark Stevens
Fourth Official: Stephen Wade

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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.

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 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
Lincoln are the slight 13/8 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 17/10.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for this evening's game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

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Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

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Oxford v Fleetwood
Plymouth v Wycombe
Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Sunderland
Bolton v Doncaster (8pm)

LAST SEASON


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