LINCOLN CITY - ROCHDALE
City are a side that we discussed in detail in the pre season preview and although it has taken time, they have been very badly hit by injury, they appear to be finally getting things together. Their only loss in six has come at highflying Bury and they were very impressive in a 2-0 win at Chester last weekend, where they dominated for almost the entire game. Their opponents were on a six match unbetaen run before that game, which included fixtures against Bury and Shrewsbury, possibly, apart from Brentford (!), the two best teams in Division 2. The influential Stefan Oakes is set to return to the home squad tonight, but it is a sign of how far they have come recently, that he is likely to start on the bench. Dale are a good team and will challenge for a playoff spot, but they are below their peak at present and played a tough midweek fixture, whilst City only had this to prepare for, on a short week ( this is Rochdale's third start in under 6 days), it could prove key. H2h wise, The Imps have had the upper hand at their Sincil Bank home, being unbeaten in eight meetings and winning the last two, including 7-1 two seasons ago.
6 points Lincoln -1/4 ball 2.21 asian line.