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26-year-old starts: The Lincoln City XI that Cowley should play v Cheltenham tomorrow



Lincoln City take on Cheltenham Town this weekend, knowing that a win will see them in League One next season and could, if results go their way, secure the League Two title.

Whilst their fans will be hoping for a resounding win fuelled by emotion and desire, there’s still a tactical football match to be played. Michael Duff’s side haven’t troubled the top seven this season, but they’ve got threats the Imps will have to be aware of.

Danny Cowley won’t allow the occasion to overawe his players and only once during his reign have they fluffed their lines in a crucial home match. That came in the FA Trophy semi-final against York City, which will seem a long while ago should the Imps go up on Saturday.

They’ve got a strong squad to choose from and few injury worries, so expect a full-strength side to face the Robins. Here’s what we think that side looks like.

There are two injury worries for the Imps, but they don’t come in the defensive area. Despite having three different keepers in the league this season, the experienced Matt Gilks is expected to keep his place.

In front of him, the back four is as settled as any in the division. Neal Eardley and Jason Shackell have Premier League experience which shows, but Michael Bostwick is also a certain starter. Harry Toffolo likes to get forward on the left and has played in every league match this season.

In midfield there’s a number of options, with both Michael O’Connor and Lee Frecklington challenging for a place. Tom Pett partnered Peterborough’s Mark O’Hara at MK Dons and Cowley will stick with those.

Bruno Andrade is a doubt on one flank, he played through the pain barrier at the weekend and did it well, bagging a late goal at Stadium MK. He should be okay to play and will only be rested once the title is won.

Another of the walking wounded is Danny Rowe, the on-loan Ipswich star missed the 2-0 win against MK Dons but should return to replace Shay McCartan.

Finally, Harry Anderson and leading scorer John Akinde round off the XI.

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