Lincoln City vs Exeter City Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Lincoln City vs Exeter City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday afternoon (15:00) fixture is a first-leg semi-final of the League Two promotion play-offs.  Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Lincoln finished the season in seventh place on 75 points though that was just five behind Exeter in fourth place.  They drew their final game of the season 1-1 with Yeovil thanks to a 77th minute Tom Pett equalizer.

Exeter finished the campaign in fourth just one place and four points off third and automatic promotion.  Their final fixture saw them land a home victory as they defeated Colchester 1-0 through a Robbie Simpson goal.

The last meeting between these sides came at the end of March at Sincil Bank in a match the home side won 3-2.  The Grecians had won their previous four meetings including the other clash this season in mid-August which they took 1-0.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Given that Exeter ended the season in fourth place and made it to Wembley last season I am shocked to see them as outsiders to win the whole tournament.  The price on the Grecians is inflated because Coventry and Notts County are bigger names while Lincoln have a Cup pedigree. Paul Tisdale has done a great job this season though and they can build on the heartbreak to go one step further this season and claim promotion.

As I like the Grecians to be promoted then I also think they should be backed to qualify over a side that I respect but did finish beneath them this season and the two meetings showed little between the sides.  The Imps should be an identical price to qualify in my eyes but as short-priced favourites they should be opposed.

 

Exeter to be promoted

Exeter to qualify for the final

 

Lincoln City saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Exeter City saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Lincoln City Form Guide

Lincoln City Team Logo

Lincoln City

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
W A

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Port Vale Team Logo Port Vale

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

18-08-2018

League 2

Grimsby Town Team Logo Grimsby Town

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

21-08-2018

League 2

Bury Team Logo Bury

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

25-08-2018

League 2

Notts County Team Logo Notts County

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L A

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Blackburn Rovers Team Logo Blackburn Rovers

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

01-09-2018

League 2

Exeter City Team Logo Exeter City

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

L H

04-09-2018

EFL Trophy Northern Grp. H

Mansfield Town Team Logo Mansfield Town

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

08-09-2018

League 2

Crawley Town Team Logo Crawley Town

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

15-09-2018

League 2

Macclesfield Town Team Logo Macclesfield Town

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

22-09-2018

League 2

Milton Keynes Dons Team Logo Milton Keynes Dons

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Exeter City Form Guide

Exeter City Team Logo

Exeter City

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
W H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 5 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

18-08-2018

League 2

Newport County Team Logo Newport County

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

21-08-2018

League 2

Cambridge United Team Logo Cambridge United

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

25-08-2018

League 2

Milton Keynes Dons Team Logo Milton Keynes Dons

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

01-09-2018

League 2

Lincoln City Team Logo Lincoln City

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

04-09-2018

EFL Trophy Southern Grp. D

Yeovil Town Team Logo Yeovil Town

FT 3 - 4

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

08-09-2018

League 2

Notts County Team Logo Notts County

FT 5 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

15-09-2018

League 2

Mansfield Town Team Logo Mansfield Town

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

22-09-2018

League 2

Cheltenham Town Team Logo Cheltenham Town

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Lincoln City Preview

After promotion from the National League last season Lincoln are looking to make it back-to-back success here.  After a slow start, they have done well under boss Danny Cowley and if they want to keep their in-demand boss they likely have to win the play-offs.

Only Notts County have lost a lower number of home matches than the Imps in League Two this season so their home form is strong.  They have lost just one of their last 14 played in front of their own fans.

Defence has been a strong part of their game this season with just 48 shipped and just 23 at home.  They have netted 64 times this campaign and are led by Matthew Green who has 13 for the season though is seven without a goal.

 

Lincoln City Team News

Sam Habergahm (unknown) is a doubt though the rest of the squad are available

 

Exeter City Preview

The Grecians ended the season well with just one defeat in their last seven and three from their previous 15.  This marks their second successive end of season play-off finish in a row with them losing the final at Wembley last season 2-1 to Blackpool.

Away from St James’ Park, they have struggled for form winning just two of their last six with three of those ending in defeat.  They lost 12 times on their travels this season which is just the 11th best road record in the division.

They have netted 64 goals this season which is a middle third scoring record and they been heavily dependent on Jayden Stockley who has 19 of these (including five in his last five).  They have a top-third ranked defence which has shipped just 54 goals.

 

Exeter City Team News

Dean Moxey (illness), Craig Woodman and Jordan Moore-Taylor (unknown) are doubts.

 

Lincoln City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Exeter City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Lincoln City vs Exeter City Sidelined Players

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