The hosts fell to another defeat at the weekend despite an impressive display, whilst the visitors had to settle for a point following a dramatic late equaliser from their opponents.
A puzzling season for Lincoln continues to be an inconsistent one of late, despite a slight improvement in form.
The Imps headed to high-flying MK Dons on Saturday on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion, but had won three of their four games prior to that defeat.
However, the quality of their promotion-chasing hosts shone through in the end, and Lincoln threw away their 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 in the end, despite arguably deserving a share of the points.
The second defeat in a row leaves Tuesday's hosts down in 18th place in the League One table, with just two points separating them from their opponents inside the relegation places, so the fears of a seemingly impossible relegation following last season's successes could start to hit home should they lose to their fellow strugglers at Sincil Bank in the week.
Meanwhile, Morecambe's gut-wrenching share of the points against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday could take some getting over.
A dramatic few minutes midway through the second half saw Bolton's Ricardo Santos receive a straight red card for his handball inside the penalty area, only for Cole Stockton to unexpectedly miss the resulting penalty.
However, Morecambe's top goalscorer made up for the miss just three minutes later, with the striker netting his 18th league goal of the campaign to seemingly set his side well on their way to a vital three points against 10 men.
Amadou Bakayoko had other ideas for the visitors though, as he netted a remarkable equaliser in the 14th minute of stoppage time to snatch two points from the Shrimps.
The heartbreak meant that Steve Robinson's side failed to climb out of the relegation places after all, but he will be keen for his side to draw on the positives of their display against strong opposition, although he may acknowledge how difficult that may be under the circumstances.
With only nine points taken from a possible 42 on the road this season, Robinson may well settle for the point on Tuesday, despite facing off against another struggling outfit.
Adam Jackson, Joe Walsh and Hakeeb Adelakun are listed as doubts for the hosts as well, but Appleton has no fresh injury concerns to contend with, and also has Freddie Draper back in contention following his concussion.
Forward Chris Maguire will be pushing for a start following his return to the bench at the weekend.
Lincoln City possible starting lineup:
Griffiths; Bishop, Eyoma, Poole, Bramall; McGrandles, Fiorini; Whittaker, Cullen, Scully; Marquis
Morecambe possible starting lineup:
Smith; McLaughlin, O'Connor, Bedeau, Leigh; Phillips, Diagouraga, McLoughlin; Ayunga, Stockton, Gnahoua
We say: Lincoln City 2-1 Morecambe
This could be a nervy clash on Tuesday due to the importance of this relegation battle, but with both sides relatively prolific in front of goal and leaky at the other end of the pitch, we are still expecting a few goals.
If Lincoln can perform anywhere near their best then they should have enough in them to see off Morecambe, despite their league position this campaign, but the visitors are likely to be downbeat following their dramatic draw on Saturday.
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