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Preview: Lincoln City (H)

Notts host Imps for the first time in more than seven years

23 September 2017

Match Previews

Preview: Lincoln City (H)

Notts host Imps for the first time in more than seven years

23 September 2017

Notts County host Lincoln hoping to register a fifth successive win to keep the pressure on Exeter at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Magpies have won all four of their league outings in September without conceding a goal and welcome a Lincoln side to Meadow Lane who arrive on the crest of a wave having won the National League title last season.

The Imps sit a point outside the play-off places with their only defeats of the campaign coming against league leaders Exeter and play-off hunting Mansfield Town.

Danny Cowley's men have seven points from four away trips thus far in 2017-18 but Notts have dropped just two points at Meadow Lane and still only have one competitive defeat at home under Kevin Nolan, who signed a new three-year deal with the club earlier this week.

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley says...

"Kevin Nolan has played at the highest level. He has done an excellent job from when he first went in there.

"Notts County are a very experienced group and a very good team, some of their players have Premier League pedigree so they will be used to big atmospheres and big crowds.

“Our group had that great experience in the FA Cup run last season when we played in front of big crowds regularly.

"I think that helped our players deal with the pressures and demands of expectation and not only that, it has now become something we enjoy.”

Team news

Nolan is monitoring the fitness of Shaun Brisley (above) after the central defender limped out of the win at Crawley with an injury.

The manager doesn't believe striker Shola Ameobi will recover from his hamstring problem in time to feature.

Former Notts and Lincoln striker Mark Stallard says...

"It should be a good game. Notts have got off to a flyer despite the opening day defeat and Lincoln have only lost twice - they're getting to grips with the division.

"As far as young, up and coming managers go, Kevin Nolan and Danny Cowley tick all of the boxes.

"Both clubs seem to be on the up and it should be a cracking atmosphere."

Read a full interview with Mark Stallard in this weekend's edition of The Mag.


Matt Rhead has been invaluable to Lincoln as the focal point of their attack since joining the Imps from Mansfield Town in the summer of 2015.

The big striker proved more than suitable for life in the National League, scoring 35 goals in 86 appearances at that level across the past two seasons.

He started off as a journeyman in the non-league circuit, playing for the likes of Nantwich Town, Congleton Town and Corby Town.

But it was at Mansfield where he enjoyed his first taste of life in the EFL after scoring four goals in the 2012-13 season as the Stags won the National League title to secure a return to the fourth tier after a four-season absence.

Rhead scored just nine goals in the following two campaigns and turned down a new contract at the One Call Stadium, opting to move to Sincil Bank, where his career has been reinvigorated.

We've met before...

Notts have a superior head-to-head record against the Imps, winning 34 of the 64 meetings between the sides.

The last outing at Meadow Lane in April 2010 ended 3-1 to the Magpies with Lee Hughes, Graeme Lee and Delroy Facey on target as Notts continued their march towards the League Two title.

Lincoln's last win in Nottingham came in December 2008 when Romanian striker Adrian Patulea struck the only goal of the game.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 13/8 favourites to extend their winning run to five games in a row with the visitors seen as the outsiders at 17/10 and the draw at 9/4.

Notts' home wins have been either by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline; the former is available at 7/1 with the latter 11/1.

Fancy a repeat of the 5-3 win at Sincil Bank from January 1998? You can get massive odds of 250/1 on the same scoreline at Meadow Lane this Saturday!

Jorge Grant took his tally for the campaign to five by scoring the winner at Crawley last time out and is 17/2 to open the scoring again this weekend.

Terry Hawkridge (above) is relishing the opportunity to come up against his former club and is 10/1 to get the opening goal or 7/2 to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

For a longer shot, defender Dan Jones got off the mark with a stunning free-kick during the victory over Morecambe and is available at 50/1 to open the scoring again against the Imps.

Notts winning to-nil with a fifth successive clean sheet is 7/2, while a Magpies win with both teams scoring is available at 4/1.

The average time of Notts' first goal in a home league game this season is 38 minutes. You can get 13/2 on the first goal of the game coming between the 31st and 40th minute.

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