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Match Preview: All you need to know our second leg against Lincoln City!

It’s our last chance to keep any hopes of promotion alive as we attempt to overturn a two-goal deficit - here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Saturday 22nd May 2021

(0) Sunderland v Lincoln City (2)

Sky Bet League One Play-Offs

Semi-Final Second Leg

Stadium of Light

Kick-Off: 3.30pm


Match Coverage

TV/Stream: Full live match coverage available via Sky Sports.

Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Radio Newcastle (not online)

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We’ve got it all to do. Two goals down from the first leg and we come back to the Stadium of Light where our form hasn’t been great, but the fans are back and that could be our way back into the tie.

The home crowd were Lincoln’s twelfth man at Sincil Bank in the first leg and anything could happen if we get a bit of momentum. We just need that spark to get us started.

Lincoln City v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 1st Leg Photo by Chris Vaughan - CameraSport via Getty Images

Form Guide

Last five games...


Last Time We Met... at the Stadium of Light

Saturday 20th March 2021

Sky Bet League One

Sunderland 1-1 Lincoln City

(McFadzean 40’ - Morton 63’)

Sunderland: Burge, McLaughlin, Sanderson, O’Nien, McFadzean, Leadbitter (Stewart), Winchester (Scowen), Power, Gooch (Maguire), McGeady, Wyke Substitutes not used: Matthews, Younger, Neil, Diamond

Lincoln City: Palmer, Poole, Bramhall, Bridcutt, Montsma, Jackson, Edun, McGrnadles, Johnson (Scully), Morton, Rogers Substitutes not used: Long, Eyoma, Anderson, Jones, Howarth, Archibald

Sunderland v Lincoln City - Sky Bet League One - Stadium of Light Photo by Richard Sellers/PA Images via Getty Images

Head to Head... at the Stadium of Light

In all competitions...

Played: 6

Sunderland wins: 2

Draws: 3

Lincoln City wins: 1

Goals for Sunderland: 11

Goals for Lincoln City: 9


Match Betting

In terms of getting through to the final we have obviously dropped from 8/15 favourites out to 7/2, with Lincoln now 1/6 after being 11/8 before the first leg.

Today we are still odds on to get the win at 19/20 and Lincoln are 3/1 to beat us once again in the 90 minutes. To win in extra time, Sunderland are 18/1 and 20/1 to win it on penalties and the Imps are 25/1 and also 20/1 to take it on spot kicks.

For correct score, we are 7/1 to take it 2-0 in 90 minutes and level the tie and 14/1 to get the job done and take it 3-0.

Lincoln City v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 1st Leg Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Match Prediction

I desperately want to predict we will do it, but I think we’ll just fall short.

Sunderland 2-1 Lincoln City

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