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PREVIEW: New League One Opponents - Lincoln City

The Imps were champions of League Two...

24 June 2019

Ahead of the new 2019/20 SkyBet League One campaign, we take a look at the new additions to the division following last seasons ups and downs.

New Opponents 2019/20 – Lincoln City

Last Season – 1st Sky Bet League Two

Stadium – Sincil Bank

Manager – Danny Cowley

 

Last Season:

After falling to defeat against Exeter City in the League Two play-offs, Lincoln came into the 2018/19 season determined to right their wrong of the previous season.

Following a dominant start to the season for Lincoln, the Imps were at the summit of the division for almost all of 2018.

Cowley's side would drop to second for two games in December, before a win against Morecambe would see them return to the top in mid-December, a place they would remain for the rest of the 2018/19 season.

Despite not winning any of their last five games of the season, Lincoln guaranteed their League One status and would become Champions of League Two.

 

Most Recent League One Appearance:

This will be the first time in over 30 years that Lincoln have graced England's third tier of football, with their last run coming in the 1985/86 campaign.

Since then, the Imps have flirted with the fourth tier and the National League, looking to mount their return.

When Lincoln suffered relegation in 1986, it would be the first of back to back drops, as they fell out of the Football League for just the one season.

 

Bookmakers Odds:

Despite being promoted into the League One Lincoln are fourth favourites to win back to back league titles at 16/1.

Whilst at 4/1 to be promoted come May 2020, the odds for promotion are also matched by relegation, with Cowley's side also being placed 4/1 to find themselves back in League Two the following season.

 

Last Time We Met:

The last time the clubs met in April 2018 saw a 4-2 win for Lincoln. The first goal of the game came in the 1st minute when Matt Rhead gave Lincoln the lead, before Tom Bayliss equalised in the 16th minute.

Lincoln would regain the lead in the 38th minute, but a minute later the scores would be level again with Jordan Shipley scoring. 

The chaotic first half would see the last action when Ollie Palmer would score his second of the game in the 44th minute and give Lincoln the lead at the break.

Having seen five goals in the first half, both looked to carry on the high scoring game, but the only goal of the second half would come on the 67th minute with Lee Frecklington putting Lincoln two ahead, in which it would stay for the remainder of the game.


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