Match Preview: Lincoln City (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 2nd Round)

With Leicester suspecting international call-ups would lead to the cancellation of this fixture in two weeks time, both clubs agreed to move the match forward. Opinion on the JPT is still evenly divided, but those who do visit the Walkers Stadium (which will have only one stand open) will expect a win.

Previous Meetings
The Foxes haven’t played Lincoln City in a league encounter for over 50 years. In ‘recent’ years meetings between the two sides have been restricted to cup matches, the last of which being a League Cup tie in 1982 which the Imps won 3-0 on aggregate. Indeed, Leicester haven’t scored against Lincoln since 1975.

The overall record is Leicester City 32 wins, Lincoln City 21 wins and five matches have been drawn.

Reasons To Be Confident
Not so long ago Lincoln City used to flirt with promotion on a regular basis. The Imps reached the play-offs for five successive seasons between 2002/03 and 2006/07 but failed on each occasion to gain promotion. These days they still threaten to exit League Two but in precisely the opposite direction. Lincoln’s start this season has shown little to encourage the faithful, they’ve managed just five points from their opening seven games. Lincoln’s only win came against Barnet, a side conspiring to relegate themselves too having gained just one point.

Lincoln have managed just six goals in the League this season, the 3rd lowest total in League Two. They’ve scored first in only two on their opening seven matches.

Lincoln have won just one point away from Sincil Bank this season. Put simply, home bankers don’t come any more secure than this.

Reasons To Be Worried
Despite Nigel Pearson’s protestations to the contrary, Leicester’s commitment to this competition remains a doubt. Momentum is one thing, but risking injury is another. Expect to see some underused players alongside just enough regulars to appease the Football League.

Lincoln City haven’t won a Football League Trophy match since 2003. They’ve exited the competition after their first match in each of the last four seasons. This really should be in ‘Reasons To Be Confident’ but all sequences must end…

They’re really aren’t enough viable reasons to worry here. If City can’t beat this bunch something has gone very seriously wrong. Leicester don’t handle pressure that well though, do they?

On This Day
Leicester travelled to White Hart Lane in 1996 to play Spurs in front on the Sky Sports cameras. A headed winner from Ian Marshall made it a Super Sunday for the Foxes, as they recorded only their second ever away win the Premier League. It was also the match in which Steve Walsh decided never to take penalties again after a rotten spot-kick meant City almost had to settle for a point. Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Leicester City.

Selected Odds
Leicester – 4/9 (William Hill)
Draw – 3/1 (William Hill)
Lincoln – 7/1 (Bet365)

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