Date: 31st December 2017 at 11:07am
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We take a look at the current form of both sides, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and past meetings between the two sides.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game against Luton Town we take a look at the current form of both sides, Scotimp’s views from the Season Preview and past meetings between the two sides.

Luton Town: Last Six Results (League Two):

Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Luton Town
Luton Town 1-1 Notts County
Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Luton Town
Luton Town 2-0 Grimsby Town
Swindon Town 0-5 Luton Town
Port Vale 4-0 Luton Town

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Chesterfield (a)
Morecambe (h)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 7,046 (v Port Vale)
Highest: 10,063 (v Notts County)

Total: 101,131 (12 games)
Average: 8,428

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Danny Hylton (14)
2: James Collins (10)
3: Elliot Lee (5)
4: Dan Potts (5)
5: Luke Berry (5)

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

As ever, expectations are high at Luton Town. The Hatters have been back in the Football League for three seasons now without achieving promotion, which was hardly the plan when they won the Conference with a 19-point margin in 2014. Last season’s fourth-place finish and unexpected play-off semi-final defeat to eventual winners Blackpool will have strengthened their resolve to return to League One for the first time in a decade. Too many draws (17) cost Luton an automatic promotion bid last season, and some judicious close season signings should prevent that happening again. Scoring goals was not a problem with a line led by Danny Hylton, and should not be again this time. Although Jack Marriott has been sold to Peterborough, manager Nathan Jones has moved quickly to replace him with 22-goal James Collins from Crawley. Loan signing Andrew Shinnie has a reasonable scoring record from midfield, whilst in goal the experienced Marek ?tech from Sparta Prague can only make an already frugal defence more secure. Like an increasing number of clubs in League Two, Luton undertook warm-weather training in July, with a week in Slovenia. Nathan Jones is no longer a rookie as he enters his second full season in management, and things look set fair at Kenilworth Road. Finish above Luton this season, and you will be kicking off in League One this time next year.

Prediction: Champions.

Lincoln City: Last Six Results (League Two):

Lincoln City 3-1 Port Vale
Yeovil Town 0-2 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 2-0 Accrington Stanley
Newport County 0-0 Lincoln City
Lincoln City 3-0 Stevenage
Lincoln City 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

Next Two Fixtures (League Two):

Notts County (h)
Barnet (a)

Home Attendance Stats (League Two):

Lowest: 7,320 (v Barnet)
Highest: 9,581 (v Coventry City)

Total: 112,017 (13 games)
Average: 8,617

Top Scorers (League Two)

1: Matt Green (6)
2: Harry Anderson (6)
3: Matt Rhead (6)
4: Ollie Palmer (2)
5: Josh Ginnelly (2)

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.

Last 7 Meetings:

17/9/11: Luton Town 1-0 Lincoln City (Conference)
6/12/11: Lincoln City 1-1 Luton Town (Conference)

6/10/13: Lincoln City 1-2 Luton Town (Conference)
9/4/13: Luton Town 3-0 Lincoln City (Conference)

21/9/13: Luton Town 3-2 Lincoln City (Conference)
4/1/14: Lincoln City 0-0 Luton Town (Conference)

2/9/17: Lincoln City 0-0 Luton Town (League Two)