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MATCH PREVIEW: Lincoln City v Port Vale

24 November 2017

As Vale's trip to LN5 looms, we bring you all the news building up to the fixture.

Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Fixture: Lincoln City vs Port Vale
Date: Saturday 25th November 2017
Kick-Off: 3:00pm 
Venue: Sincil Bank

 

Preview

Port Vale will hope to bounce back from their 4-0 defeat to Mansfield Town on Tuesday night as they travel to Lincolnshire.

A win for the Valiants could see a jump up the league table as they try to avoid dropping into the bottom two once again. It could be set to be an intense encounter with Sincil Bank hosting one of the highest average attendances in the division.

A win for the Imps could see them rise into the top-half of the league table where they would have hoped to avoid relegation into their first season back in league football.

 

The Opposition

Last season saw Lincoln City become one of the most impressive teams in English football. They reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup where they became the first non-league team to reach this stage in 103 years. They defeated Brighton and Burnley along the way, until a 5-0 loss at the Emirates.

In addition to this, they also ran out as National League winners in a very impressive campaign. They reached 99 points in the league as they returned to the Football League infront of a packed Sincil Bank.

They currently sit 11th this season and have one of the most organised squads in the division, with manager Danny Cowley attempting to replicate their successes of last season.

 

Talk

Neil Aspin: “Nobody will have a better season than them last season, they won the league and had a good cup run which was absolutely fantastic. They are a difficult team to play against, they’re very organised and it should be a good atmosphere.”

Danny Cowley: “They’re a good team, they lost 4-0 in a game that shouldn’t have been at that result. It’s a crazy league. Prior to that, they were on top of the form guide and won five on the spin.”

 

Team News

Saturday could see the return of Antony Kay after his one match suspension during the 4-0 loss over Mansfield Town.

Tyrone Barnett could see himself back in the first-team picture after recovering from an injury.

Rob Lainton and Ben Whitfield remain out, but could return within the next couple of weeks.

Michael Bostwick and Elliot Whitehouse both look set to miss out on Saturday’s match with Vale through injury.

 

Coverage

iFollow the Vale will be providing full 90-minute commentary from the match, while the Port Vale Twitter feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.

There will also be build-up to the game on the official Snapchat and Instagram accounts: officialpvfc.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, iFollow and social media.


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