Wednesday 19th May 2021
(5th) Lincoln City v Sunderland (4th)
Sky Bet League One Play-Offs
Semi-Final First Leg
TV/Stream: Full live match coverage available via Sky Sports.
Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Radio Newcastle (not online)
Here we are again, the League One play-offs. This time after finishing 4th which pits us against Lincoln City who by virtue of goal difference, with the first leg at Sincil Bank. Both sides go into the play-offs with mixed form but just as in the case of cup-ties, it’s quite possibly this goes out of the window.
It’s been a long season for so many reasons and now it’s all down to three games and we need a good platform to build off tonight to get it right this time.
League One Form Guide
Last five games...
Last Time We Met... at the Sincil Bank
Saturday 12th December 2020
Sky Bet League One
Lincoln City 0-4 Sunderland
(Leadbitter (pen) 16’ Wyke 25’, 72’, Diamond 42’)
Sunderland: Burge, McLaughlin (Sanderson), Wright, Flanagan, McFadzean, Leadbitter, Scowen (Dobson), Power, Diamond (Maguire), McGeady (Embleton), Wyke (Grigg) Substitutes not used: Matthews, Graham
Lincoln City: Palmer, Eyoma (Scully), Edum, Gotts, Montsma, Walsh, Anderson, Jones, Hopper, Grant, Johnson (Howarth) Substitutes not used: Long, Melbourne, Roughan, Elbouzedi
Head to Head... at Sincil Bank
In all competitions...
Sunderland wins: 3
Lincoln City wins: 3
Goals for Sunderland: 9
Goals for Lincoln City: 8
In terms of getting through to the final we are firm favourites at 8/15 with Lincoln 11/8, but it appears the bookies think this one will be close with Sunderland being priced at 8/5, while a home win is 19/10, and the draw 2/1.
A 1-1 draw is lowest priced scoreline at 9/2, closely followed by 0-0 and a 1-0 Sunderland victory at 9/2. The bookmakers don’t appear to think there will be too many goals as a 2-0 victory to Sunderland is 10/1 and 11/1 for Lincoln.
I think it’s going to be tight and we’ll have most of the possession without managing to score.