Date: 20th February 2018 at 11:34pm
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We take a look at the current form of both sides, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and more!

Ahead of Saturday’s game against Crewe Alexandra we take a look at the current form of both sides, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and more!

Lincoln City: Last Six Results (League Two):

Barnet 1-1 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-1 Newport County
Lincoln City 2-2 Swindon Town
Cambridge United 0-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 1-0 Cheltenham Town
Crawley Town 3-1 Lincoln City

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Coventry City (a)
Mansfield Town

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 7,320 (v Barnet)
Highest: 9,603 (v Notts County)

Total: 145,987 (17 games)
Average: 8,587

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (10)
2: Matt Rhead (7)
3: Harry Anderson (6)
4: Michael Bostwick (4)
5: Ollie Palmer (3)

Scotimp’s Views From the Season PreviewPart One | Part Two:

Lincoln City’s promotion to the Football League last season was as unexpected as it was breathtaking. Their run to the FA Cup quarter-final astonished and enthralled football supporters all over the world, and that is one reason why they are expected to do well this season. Wins over Oldham, Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley suggest that City will have little trouble with the likes of Crawley and Newport, and they have a far stronger squad this season. The methodical and analytical approach of Danny Cowley and his management team should deliver results regardless of which tier they are in; and whilst promotion to League One at the first attempt seems a tall order, they have plenty of momentum. Cowley has made some interesting signings during the close season, with Peterborough’s Player of the Season Michael Bostwick the headline-maker. Off the field, their policy of attracting sustainable investment has been enhanced through the advent of a couple of new directors. With a bespoke training ground scheduled to open in December and a new 15,000-seat stadium very much on the horizon, developments in infrastructure are set to keep pace with progress onfield. The people of Lincoln are certainly convinced: they have snapped up almost 6,000 season tickets over the summer, a response not seen since their Second Division days in the mid-1950s. City are almost guaranteed an average crowd of between 7,000 and 8,000, even if consolidation is the outcome next May. But the Cowleys have the opportunity they have worked for ten years to secure – to test their skills in the Football League – and they are unlikely to settle for anything less than a promotion challenge.

Prediction: Automatic promotion.

Crewe Alexandra: Last Six Results (League Two):

Swindon Town 4-3 Crewe Alexandra
Notts County 4-1 Crewe Alexandra
Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Yeovil Town
Accrington Stanley 1-0 Crewe Alexandra
Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Colchester United
Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Exeter City

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Forest Green Rovers (h)
Stevenage (a)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 3,042 (v Cambridge United)
Highest: 4,933 (v Mansfield Town)

Total: 62,950 (17 games)
Average: 3,703

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Chris Porter (9)
2: Chris Dagnall (7)
3: Callum Ainley (4)
4: Jordan Bowery (4)
5: Shaun Miller (3)

Scotimp’s Views From the Season PreviewPart One | Part Two:

Crewe are yet another side who got off to a false start in 2016-17, occupying a top-seven spot towards the end of November. Their dire relegation from League One at the end of 2015-16 seemed to have been forgotten, but a run of seven games without a win into the new year spelled the end for long-serving manager Steve Davis at Gresty Road. Former Alex centre half David Artell stepped up from his role as operations manager, but there was to be no instant fix. Crewe were only 4 points clear of the bottom two at the beginning of February after taking just 3 points from 11 games when a 5-0 win over Grimsby kick-started a revival which took them clear of any risk of relegation with two games to spare. The 17th-place finish came at the end of a very poor four-season period which has seen relegation battles in all four. Fans will be hoping the club’s descent has been arrested, and season ticket sales are showing a very welcome 10% increase. Top scorer Chris Dagnall has been joined over the summer by Chris Porter from Colchester, while experienced defenders Michael Raynes and Eddie Nolan should create a more solid back four. Crewe have the advantage of starting with 3 home fixtures after their scheduled visit to Newport on 12 August was switched to Gresty Road due to pitch work at Rodney Parade. Artell is another manager in League Two entering his first full season in management, which adds an element of the unknown to the mix. He believes his side can compete, although he omitted to say at which end of the table.

Prediction: Mid-table if the strike partnership of Dagnall and Porter delivers.

Last 8 Meetings:

2/10/93: Crewe Alexandra 2-2 Lincoln City (Division 3)
26/3/94: Lincoln City 1-2 Crewe Alexandra (Division 3)

23/8/05: Lincoln City 5-1 Crewe Alexandra (League Cup)
5/12/09: Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Lincoln City (League Two)
27/2/10: Lincoln City 1-1 Crewe Alexandra (League Two)

28/8/10: Lincoln City 1-1 Crewe Alexandra (League Two)
16/4/11: Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Lincoln City (League Two)

11/11/17: Crewe Alexandra 1-4 Lincoln City (League Two)

Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City FC for the photograph.