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Lincoln vs Shrewsbury Prediction & Betting Tips: Match to End All-Square Under the Lights

League Two betting tips 2019/20

There’s two League One fixtures taking place on Friday night with Shrewsbury making the trip to Sincil Bank. Lincoln have lost five of their last seven games although the Imps are improving under Michael Appleton. Can last season’s League Two champions end Shrewsbury unbeaten run on the road. 

Lincoln vs Shrewsbury Prediction

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Lincoln are back in action on Friday night and they’ll be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to Peterborough last weekend. The Imps were competitive for the majority of that contest although they were undone by two pieces of individual quality. Michael Appleton is gradually introducing a number of younger players into the side and the likes of Ellis Chapman are getting valuable game-time under the new boss.

Shrewsbury are incredibly efficient and very tough to beat under Sam Ricketts. The Shrews have lost just three times this campaign with two of those defeats coming against top five opposition. Their other loss was a last-gasp 1-0 loss at MK Dons.

There is nothing separating these two sides with the pair locked on 16 points in mid-table. Although both sides will probably be satisfied with a top half finish in League One this season, each side will be feeling optimistic of a play-off charge.

These two sides haven’t met since Wembley encounter in 2018. Lincoln ran out 1-0 winners and secured the EFL Trophy as a result although plenty has changed at both clubs over the last 18 months. They haven’t faced one another in the league since 2001!

 

Can Lincoln Replicate their Performance Against Sunderland?

Although the Imps have lost five of their last seven games, Lincoln did beat Sunderland a fortnight ago. They were very impressive in that game and were extremely solid for the majority of that contest. They did restrict Peterborough’s chances for a large part of the 90 minutes and they should be defensively sound once again.

Lincoln let in a number of soft goals towards the end of the Cowley’s tenure and prior to Appleton’s arrival, however, it’s noticeable how much tougher they have become to break down. Neal Eardley struggled against Siriki Dembele last week and he could do with more support from midfield.

 

Battle of Who Can Score First

With defences likely to be on top in this game, it seems highly likely that whoever gets the first goal will probably take something from this contest. Lincoln have won each of the five games in which they’ve netted the opener and have also kept clean sheets in each of those five victories. They are the masters of seeing games out.

Shrewsbury have also proved very efficient at game management and have won each of the three games in which they’ve struck first. They took the lead against Tranmere last time out and held out for three points. Goals have been a bit of a problem for Rickett’s men and have failed to score in six of their eleven matches this season. Since beating leaky Southend 4-3, they’ve scored just one goal in three games.

 

Lincoln vs Shrewsbury Prediction

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