Burnley v Lincoln City Betting Tips: Fairytale to come to an end for Non-league outfit

Feb 16 2017

This is a proper FA Cup tie which sees top flight Burnley take on non-league Lincoln City at Turf Moor. Despite the clear disparity in quality, non-league side Lincoln will surely be relishing this occasion.

Burnley continued their impressive season by recording a well-earned draw against likely Premier League champions Chelsea at the weekend, putting them a very respectable 12th in the table and, more importantly, they’re almost certain to survive.

The Clarets base their game on defensive resolve and have the impressive statistic of keeping a clean sheet in 24% of their matches this season. Offensively they do not offer much going forward in comparison to other sides but do have enough about them to capitalise on their excellent defence.

Home form has been the best aspect of Sean Dyche’s side so far this campaign and, with an incredible 29 points taken from just 14 games, Burnley have the fourth-best home record in the division. Furthermore, before that 1-1 draw with Chelsea, the Clarets had won their previous four matches without conceding.

Burnley are having a very good season in the Premier League but Lincoln City are doing even better in the National League and they currently top the division. This fantastic FA Cup run is certainly helping the Imps along their way and it just shows you can do well in both competitions simultaneously.

This match against Burnley is Lincoln’s first match against a Premier League side this season after knocking out Championship duo Ipswich Town and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Danny Cowley’s side have gone into their FA Cup matches with no fear and are not afraid to attack opposition and so we should not expect that to change here.

Lincoln’s record on the road has been good in the National League and they average two points per game whilst they have also lost just once in their last five away matches in all competitions. However, going up against a very strong Burnley outfit will be a stern test for the Imps.

Sean Dyche does not seem like the sort of manager who is likely to make many changes for the FA Cup and I expect Burnley to field a strong side on Saturday. Additionally, Lincoln lost a couple of key players in the January transfer window including forward Theo Robinson to Southend United which means a large part of their attacking threat has vanished.

With all the above in mind, unfortunately for lovers of fairy tales, I can only see a Burnley win here at Turf Moor. As previously mentioned, Lincoln have lost a bit of their attacking threat with the sale of Robinson and I think Burnley’s exceptionally sturdy defence should be able to make light work of this. The hosts can record yet another win without conceding.

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