Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on LNER stadium when Lincoln City and Sunderland go head to head in the League One playoffs semis, first leg. The Imps failed to win the previous three league fixtures, but despite their poor form, Michael Appleton’s men secured a top-six finish. Lincoln have been having their ups and downs at home ground this season, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in the first leg.
Keep in mind, though, that head coach Michael Appleton should have a full squad to choose from. The Black Cats, on the other hand, finished the regular season in the fourth position in the standings. Since Sunderland were level on points with Lincoln City in the League One table, share of spoils is on the cards at LNER stadium. Both Dion Sanderson and Jordan Willis are out of contention through injuries, while Tom Flanagan is rated doubtful for the match.