Exeter may well take cautious approach in crucial first leg at Lincoln
Opening stages could be cagey
Sky Bet League Two playoff semi-final, first leg
Sky Sports Football, 3pm Saturday
However, punters should expect a more cagey encounter as Paul Tisdale’s Grecians return to Sincil Bank to kick off this term’s fourth-tier playoffs.
Lincoln, beaten only three times at home in the regular season, are odds-on to take a first-leg lead in the tie and their promotion credentials have been discussed in the outright preview.
But they may have to be patient against an Exeter side who would surely be content with a draw in the first leg given their indifferent away form.
The visitors lost ten of their 23 regular-season road matches, scoring only eight goals in their nine games away to other top-ten teams.
A more cautious approach can be expected from Exeter after their frantic semi-final clash with Carlisle last season and the 15-8 about a goalless first half in the first leg is worth a bet.
When these teams met in March, four of the five goals came after the hour mark and Lincoln drew 0-0 at home to promoted sides Luton and Wycombe.
The Imps failed to score before the break in five of their last six matches and Danny Cowley’s side may be forced to wait for a breakthrough once again.
0-0 half-time correct score
1pt 15-8 Hills
Defenders Neal Eardley and Sam Habergham should be fit but Lee Frecklington is a slight doubt.
Jordan Moore-Taylor, Craig Woodman and Ryan Harley need to prove their match fitness. Lee Holmes remains sidelined.
Lincoln have lost only one of their last 14 home games in Sky Bet League Two.
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