Lincoln City vs Plymouth Argyle: League One Preview, Gameweek 18, 2022
Mark Kennedy, Manager of Lincoln City, gestures during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Bristol City and Lincoln City at Ashton Gate on November 08, 2022 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Plymouth Argyle last won at the LNER Stadium in 2002, when both clubs were in the fourth tier. The league leaders will be looking to end that run with three points here and will also be wanting to extend their unbeaten run and their four point lead at the top of League One.

Team news

Lincoln

Football is a funny old game sometimes, isn't it? The Imps went into their FA Cup 1st Round tie at Chippenham Town having only lost once in their previous six. They would have gone into it full of confidence but after making wholesale changes the National League South side won it 1-0 despite Lincoln largely controlling possession.

This was in stark contrast to Tuesday when they went to Bristol City and won 3-1 courtesy of Matty Virtue, Ben House and Paudie O'Connor goals. The Imps were drawn to face Premier League Southampton at St Marys' Stadium in the fourth round and Kennedy spoke to BBC Radio Lincolnshire after the Bristol City  game and here is what he said:

"We were excellent out of possession, really tough to break down. It's not backs-to-the-wall - there's a real structure to it. Saturday was a bitter blow for everybody so I would hope that everyone's feeling a bit perkier tonight."

Lincoln are unbeaten this season on home soil. But have only won one - against Derby County in September - of the seven they have played at the LNER Stadium. What is worrying for them though is that they have only scored four goals in their last seven games but one positive is that they don't appear to have any fresh injury doubts.

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Plymouth

The Pilgrims will be looking to increase their unbeaten run in the league to 14 games with their visit to Lincoln. Strangely enough, their last defeat was 5-1 at Charlton in August and is the same scoreline they succumbed to against Grimsby Town last Saturday in the FA Cup 1st Round despite Argyle taking an early lead. Boss Steven Schumacher spoke to the clubs media and was very complimentary of their upcoming opponents. He said: 

“It is a hard place to go and win. They’ve played a lot of the big teams and got good results: Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, they won away at Ipswich. They are obviously not an easy team to play against. They have got a spirit and a fight within them.”

Defender Macaulay Gillesphey is likely to be fit to play for the first time since September after recovering from a groin injury. Dan Scarr and Conor Grant will likely miss out after picking up injuries in their FA Cup defeat. Youngster Will Jenkins-Davies, who made his first appearance for the senior side in the Grimsby game, will be pushing for his first league appearance here. Ryan Hardie bagged a brace from the bench in their last league game, a 4-2 victory over Exeter so will be looking for a start. Notable long term absentees include Mickel Miller, Finn Azaz, James Bolton and Danny Mayor. 

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Likely lineups

Lincoln: Rushworth; Poole, Jackson, O'Connor, Walsh, Eyoma; Sanders, Virtue, Sorensen; Diamond, House.

Plymouth: Cooper; Wilson, Gillesphey, Galloway; Mumba, Edwards, Randall, Houghton; Ennis, Whittaker; Hardie.

Key players 

Ben House

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23-year-old House has started the season brilliantly having arrived from National League side Eastleigh earlier in the year. Despite not often playing to begin with and scoring only one goal in six appearances last season, he has four goals to his name this season which is only bettered in the squad by Jack Diamond. But his goals have been vital and include a winner at Ipswich Town and a brace in a 6-3 win at Bristol Rovers. Clearly favoured by Mark Kennedy he appears good at holding the ball up, getting through on the shoulder of defenders and most importantly putting the ball in the back of the net.  

Morgan Whittaker

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The 21-year-old Swansea loanee is the Pilgrims’ top goalscorer this season with seven. Plymouth have not relied on one man this season, with goals coming regularly from the likes of Sam Cosgrove, Ryan Hardie and Bali Mumba which has catapulted them to the top of the table. Whittaker has largely played as a two behind a centre forward this season but has been used primarily as a winger throughout his short career. He can often be a nightmare for defenders with his trickery, but this season it has been about being in the right place at the right time, which isn't such a bad trait to have, which is what has got him his goals this season. 

Match details 

Where is the match being played? 

The match is being played at the LNER Stadium, formerly known as Sincil Bank, and is home to Lincoln City football club in the English county of Lincolnshire. 

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What time is kick off? 

The game will take place on Saturday 12 November and will kick off at 15:00 GMT.

How can I watch?

The match is unfortunately not available to watch in the UK, but overseas fans can watch the game for a one time price of £10 via each clubs own TV channels. Supporters in the UK can listen to a commentary of the game via their clubs for a price of £2.50. 

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