Date: 17th February 2021 at 4:53pm
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The Imps take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the Semi-Final of the EFL Trophy this evening. This match will be refereed by Ben Toner. Kick-off is at 18:00, and team news will be provided below once we have it.

If you would like to get involved with the conversation on 100% Imps, you can join our Sunderland v Lincoln City Match Thread! We have also published a Lincoln City v Sunderland Quiz, which can be found at the bottom of the page. Every page view helps raise money for Lincoln City Football Club!

Ahead of this match, we have published a summary of what Michael Appleton said yesterday, 3 things sedgleyimp thinks The Imps need to do to win and a Q&A with a couple of Sunderland supporters.

Sunderland XI: 1. Lee Burge, 6. Max Power (C), 25. Callum McFadzean, 13. Luke O’Nien, 5. Bailey Wright, 23. Grant Leadbitter, 14. Josh Scowen, 24. Daniel Neil, 9. Charlie Wyke, 28. Aiden McGeady, 11. Lynden Gooch.

Subs: 20. Remi Matthews (GK), 54. Patrick Almond, 2. Conor McLaughlin, 7. Chris Maguire, 21. Jack Diamond, 27. Jordan Jones, 10. Aiden O’Brien.

Lincoln City XI: 1. Alex Palmer, 22. Timothy Eyoma, 7. Tayo Edun, 4. Lewis Montsma, 5. Adam Jackson, 10. Jorge Grant (C), 6. Max Sanders, 18. Conor McGrandles, 9. Tom Hopper, 20. Brennan Johnson, 11. Anthony Scully.

Subs: 31. Sam Long (GK), 15. Cohen Bramall, 30. Sean Roughan 8. James Jones, 17. Ramirez Howarth.

Referee: Ben Toner.
Assistants Refs: Andrew Dallison and David Hunt.
Fourth Official: James Bell.

Have a go at our Lincoln City v Sunderland Quiz below:

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A statue of which Sunderland manager is situated outside the Stadium of Light?

Views from the Match Thread ahead of kick-off:

Luke Imp: “Wonder if Hopper will get the nod? He’s generally been rested hasn’t he this season in this competition?

I think Scully will be in, whether that’s wide right or at the expense of Jones, I’m not sure.

I’m going to guess at Palmer, TJ, Jackson, Walsh, Edun, Grant, McGrandles, Scully, Johnson, Hopper, Anderson.”

Norfolk Imp: “The Sunderland fans on their messageboard seem to think Wyke & McGeady will both be rested tonight, as they see Saturday’s game with bogey side Burton as far more important …. let’s hope so?”

PerthImp: “I’ll be surprised (pleasantly) if Wyke & McGeady are rested with the form they’re in and the prospect of a Wembley final/silverware. Maybe on the bench to bring on if Johnson thinks they could swing the match.”

sedgleyimp: “Both us and Sunderland will see this as a huge chance to win some silverware and should be playing their best teams tonight.

You don’t win many trophies as either a manager or player so you have to give yourselves the very best opportunity.”

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