Brave New Imps To Beat Port Vale Valiants This Sincil Super Saturday

Last updated : 29 January 2011 By Neil Hobbs

Who would have believed that Port Vale would seek the divine intervention of a Pope to tackle the rise of Lincoln City? For though we are at opposite ends of the table, the Godly & gamely Gannon, has more issues with form and spirit; than Steve Tilson’s newfound holy alliance.


 But to the teams & Schemes fellow football fans.......


 The Mighty Imps





Kelly Hone Watt Hunt


Howell Kerr O’Keefe McCallum


Facey Grimes



The Valiants





Yates Owen McCombe Collins


O’Shea Griffiths Roberts Taylor


Pope Richards



The Head-to-head

Although matches are won on football pitches as opposed to maths classrooms the Imps do well against vale FA Cup aside of course. Of the 39 games played, City  have 19 wins, Port Vale 10 victories; with 10 draws.  Last season we met on Dec 1st  when Captain Delboy made his debut in a narrow 2-1 defeat settled by ex Imp Louis Dodds. Mark Richards lobbed Burch for the first, then Martin punched Lichaj's throw into his own net for the equaliser; before the artful dodgerswept home Richards cross from a dozen yards.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2009/2010 Tue 23 Feb Port Vale 4 - 0 Lincoln City LGE2
2009/2010 Tue 01 Dec Lincoln City 1-2 Port Vale LGE2
2008/2009 Fri 20 Feb Port Vale 0 - 1 Lincoln City LGE2
2008/2009 Sat 01 Nov Lincoln City 0 - 1 Port Vale LGE2
2006/2007 Sat 11 Nov Port Vale 2 - 1 Lincoln City FAC
2000/2001 Tue 20 Mar Port Vale 0 - 0 Lincoln City ASSM
2000/2001 Tue 13 Mar Lincoln City 0 - 2 Port Vale ASSM

Recent respective form guides

Lincoln City's home form is not the best, winning just 2 of the last six, and losing the other 4. We have scored 9 and conceded 14 yet the worm or should we say Imp turned in two two away wins born of a spirit, where fortune favoured the brave. Fans need no seats at an Imp match nowadys, with 6 goals scored and 4 conceded in our last two games alone.

Port Vale manager Jim Gannon has managed just 4 points in his first 8 games in the Vale Park hot seat (W1 D 1 L6) with his side scoring just once in the last three games prior to their visit to The Imps. Away  Vale have just 1 victory, 5 defeats with 8 goals for and 15 against.  (full Form of The Foe here)

They say the table does not lie, with the Imps now just above the drop zone with 25 points from 23 matches. Port Vale are dropping swiftly but sit 5th, having taken 40 points from 25 games. Then again a 6 foot 3 Pope running amock in Lincoln will certainly test our albeit strengthened defence.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides: P W D L F A P
Lincoln City 6 2 0 4 12 14 6
Port Vale 6 1 1 4 5 13 4

Lincoln City Mad's prediction ...

Neil The Home Hoodoo will end and Sam will get a birthday present 3-1 Imps

Vic Erzantartz Arise Sir Steve through my hangover haze I see you walking the Sincil Drain yet this season.  Home win City 2-0

Ivan Impgrass  Pope will be a handful today and this Vale side have too much talent for the Imps 2-1 Vale

Sequence statistics:
Lincoln City Been beaten in each of their previous 4 home matches.
Failed to win in previous 4 home matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 6 .
Port Vale Lost each of the previous 5 away matches.
Not won in previous 5 away matches.
No win in the 4 most recent games.