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Oct 16, 2021 at 3pm UK
LincolnLincoln City
2-1
CharltonCharlton Athletic
Stockley (58' og.), Poole (90+1')
Poole (12')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Lavelle (63')
Gilbey (13'), Arter (22'), Stockley (71'), Kirk (88')

Preview: Lincoln City vs. Charlton Athletic - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Lincoln City vs. Charlton Athletic - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's League One clash between Lincoln City and Charlton Athletic, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Lincoln City and Charlton Athletic will both look to bounce back from disappointing starts to the League One season on Saturday, when they square off at Sincil Bank.

The hosts currently occupy 17th place, while their visitors are three points worse off in 21st spot, having picked up their second league win of the season last time out.


Match preview

After a strong campaign resulted in playoff heartbreak for Lincoln City last season, they will have headed into the new term with the hopes of again pushing to reach the second tier, but they have not enjoyed a fast start.

The Imps have won just three of their opening 11 outings, sitting on an underwhelming tally of 12 points as a result.

After a positive run including a draw with Rotherham United and wins over Cambridge United and Burton Albion, they now head into Saturday's game in a run of three games without a win in all competitions.

Following a disappointing 2-0 away defeat to Morecambe, the Imps showed far more character to hold league leaders Plymouth Argyle to a 2-2 draw, with Anthony Scully snatching a point in the 90th minute from the penalty spot.

However, their recent EFL Cup meeting with Sunderland resulted in a 2-1 defeat to a makeshift squad on home turf, and they will now be desperate to bounce back and climb the league table with a winning run.

They meet a Charlton side who will be equally keen to improve their current position, after making progress with a win at the beginning of October.

Having headed into the new season with the hopes of earning a playoff place, Charlton have had to endure a poor start, having immediately sunk to the bottom end of the division.

Nigel Adkins's men only managed to collect one win from their opening 10 games - a 2-0 defeat of Crewe Alexandra in August - and sat in the bottom four of the table as a result.

They managed to post a crucial win in the final league game before the recent international break though, as goals from Jonathan Leko and Jayden Stockley saw them leave Fleetwood with a 2-1 victory.

Having followed that up with a 4-1 thrashing of Southampton Under-21s in the EFL Cup, the Addicks will now hope to kick into gear and begin a climb away from the drop zone with a win on Saturday to move level on points with their opponents.

Lincoln City League One form:
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Lincoln City form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L

Charlton Athletic League One form:
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W

Charlton Athletic form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W

Team News

Anthony Scully will continue to play a key role in the Lincoln front line after hitting his seventh league goal of the season to salvage a point against Plymouth.

Teddy Bishop will hope to keep his place on the opposite flank, although experienced attacker Chris Maguire will also be pushing to break into the starting XI.

Liam Bridcutt offers plenty of quality and experience, and the former Leeds United man will continue to handle business in the centre.

Despite their poor start, Adkins has a strong squad at his disposal, and Jonathan Leko and Jayden Stockley should both feature in attack after getting on the scoresheet in the win over Fleetwood.

Experienced midfielder Harry Arter will continue to operate in the centre, while former Crewe Alexandra star Charlie Kirk offers quality in the wide areas.

Lincoln City possible starting lineup:
Griffiths; Poole, Montsma, Eyoma, Bramall; Sorensen, Bridcutt, Fiorini; Scully, Nlundulu, Maguire

Charlton Athletic possible starting lineup:
MacGillivray; Gunter, Lavelle, Famewo, Souare; Leko, Arter, Gilbey, Kirk; Stockley, Lee


We say: Lincoln City 1-2 Charlton Athletic

With both sides struggling for consistency so far, this could be a cagey encounter as they battle to kickstart their campaigns, and we see the visitors narrowly coming out on top.

Despite their difficult start, the Addicks undoubtedly have plenty of quality in their ranks, and we think they are bound to get going sooner rather than later.



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League One Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Wigan AthleticWigan16111430131734
2Plymouth ArgylePlymouth1696128141433
3Rotherham UnitedRotherham1694329121731
4Wycombe WanderersWycombe169432620631
5Sunderland159152521428
6Oxford UnitedOxford Utd158342617927
7MK Dons157442721625
8Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds166732015525
9Ipswich TownIpswich166553425923
10Cambridge UnitedCambridge165742224-222
11Burton Albion166461621-522
12Accrington StanleyAccrington156361925-621
13Lincoln CityLincoln165562020020
14Portsmouth165561921-220
15Cheltenham TownCheltenham165562027-720
16Bolton WanderersBolton165472226-419
17AFC Wimbledon154562024-417
18Charlton AthleticCharlton164482124-316
19Gillingham163761521-616
20Morecambe164392530-515
21Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury164391522-715
22Fleetwood TownFleetwood153572627-114
23Doncaster RoversDoncaster1633101129-1812
24Crewe AlexandraCrewe161691229-179
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