Our prediction for this League 1 match:
After sharing the spoils with Fleetwood Town in midweek, Sunderland will be looking to return to winning ways in the League One when they host Lincoln City at their Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon. The Black Cats have been struggling to live up to their expectations in the 2019/2020 season, but the game against the Imps will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
Sunderland are only four points behind the play-offs berth, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Lincoln City. The Imps, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from the Boxing Day loss to Oxford United, with the team beating the likes of Ipswich Town (5-3) and Peterborough United (2-1) in the last two league fixtures. However, Lincoln City are unlikely to spoil Sunderland’s party at the Stadium of Light as Michael Appleton’s troops are not regarded as good travellers.
Highlighted Player (Will Grigg):
Wighan Athletic striker Will Grigg became a viral sensation during the European Championship in France but the chances are any avid football fan will have been well aware of his goalscoring exploits even before 2016. The 27-year-old forward began his career at Stratford Town but it was in Walsall that the world took notice of his presence after 27 goals in 99 performances for the club.
He first came to prominence during the 2012/13 season when he was voted the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season, but a loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons during his rather unfortunate two-year spell over at Brentford proved crucial for his career.
The total of 20 goals in 44 appearances at Stadium MK was where Wigan Athletic noticed the Northern Ireland man and moved in to sign him on a three year contract for a £1 million fee in 2015. ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ was the hit song of the Euro 2016 even though the Northern Ireland striker ended up not getting a chance to make a bow in the tournament.
Highlighted Team (Lincoln):
Lincoln City are one of the oldest clubs competing in the League One as they were founded back in 1884. Lincoln City FC were established as an amateur association, but they turned professional in the 1891/1892 season.
Back then they played at John O’Gaunts stadium, but nowadays Sincil Bank is the club’s home ground. Sincil Bank was opened in 1895, holding up to 10,120 people. The club’s main colours are red, white and black, whilst the Imps wear green shirts and white shorts when playing on the road. Lincoln City and Mansfield Town are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but the Limps had some sort of local rivalry with Peterborough United, Hull City and York City as well.
Albert Iremonger (42 years and 312 days) is the oldest footballer to have played for the club, whilst Shane Nicholson (16 years and 112 days) is the youngest one. Lincoln City recorded a thrilling 9-1 victory over then local rivals Sleaford in their first game.