Lincoln City vs Rochdale preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Third placed Lincoln City will be looking to capitalise on promotion rivals Peterborough's absence from Saturday's League One programme, when they entertain struggling Rochdale

A win would propel Michael Appleton's side into second - two points above Posh and four points ahead of fourth place Sunderland.

Bottom of the table Rochdale, meanwhile, need their fortunes to change - and fast - having lost four on the bounce and scoring just once in nine outings.

  • Team news

Hosts Lincoln will again be without long-term absentees Liam Bridcutt, Jorge Grant and Joe Walsh, whilst Harry Anderson, who was injured in last Saturday's warm-up prior to the game against Crewe, also misses out.

The Imps have been rotating certain positions within their squad in recent weeks, which is expected to continue on Saturday with Regan Poole and Callum Morton replacing TJ Eyoma and Tom Hopper respectively from Tuesday's draw at Ipswich

  • Ones to watch

Forward Morgan Rogers has been in great form for Lincoln, scoring in his last two games.

The youngster, on loan from Manchester City, can be somewhat predictable at times cutting in from the left and firing at goal with his right foot, but opposition defenders still struggle to stop him. 

Boss Michael Appleton was frustrated with the 18-year old's second half performance at Ipswich, however, stating he was "bang average to say the least."

Having scored just one in nine matches, it would be difficult to pin-point any attacking threat for the visitors, therefore Conor Shaughnessy is perhaps a decent candidate for one to watch.

The former Leeds man, who recently saw his red card from the defeat at Hull City rescinded, has impressed defensively despite his side's woes.

  • Predicted lineups

Lincoln City (4-3-3):

Palmer; Poole, Montsma, Jackson, Bramall; McGrandles, Jones, Edun; Johnson, Morton, Rogers.

Rochdale (4-4-2): 

Bazunu; McLaughlin, McShane, Shaughnessy, Osho; Done, Baah, Rathbone, Newby; Grant, Humphrys.

  • Previous meetings

Lincoln emerged victorious in the reverse fixture back in December, with James Jones and Dutchman Lewis Montsma securing the three points. 

  • Kick-off time and how to watch

The game kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday. The game is available on each club’s respective iFollow service, priced at £10 for UK viewers and £7 for international fans.

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