Lincoln City v Ipswich Betting Tips: Goals expected at Sincil Bank

Jan 16 2017

Having finished all-square (2-2) less than two weeks ago, Lincoln and Ipswich take to the pitch for a second time as they go head-to-head for a place in the FA Cup 4th round at Sincil Bank.

Given the respective standing of these two clubs, Ipswich will have been disappointed not to have got the job done at the first time of asking. However, considering how that game went, they were perhaps fortunate to earn a replay. Having gone behind early on, despite equalising shortly after, the Championship side were unable to take control of the game, so much so that they required another equaliser (this time in the 86th minute) to stay in the tie.

As for the non-league outfit, Lincoln proved that they’re a team to be taken seriously and, now back on their own patch, will fancy their chances of once again making this a tough game for what many would consider superior opposition.

There was no shortage of goals when these two met just ten days ago and, from a betting point of view, much of the same is fancied here. The two bets that catch the eye, both at odds of 21/20, are ‘Ipswich to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ and ‘Over 1.5 Second Half Goals’.

It’s fairly obvious that Mick McCarthy’s men were some way off the pace in the initial fixture between these two, but they did manage to score twice nonetheless. With this in mind, it’s hard to see the Championship side not carrying a significant goal threat here, especially since they’re expected to take things far more seriously this time around. In general, Ipswich have been scoring at a decent rate lately. Having scored nine goals in their last five matches, they’ve found the net at least twice on four occasions, while hitting the net three times during their win over Blackburn at the weekend should see them travel north in good spirits.

In addition to Ipswich’s scoring travails, Lincoln, for all their own attacking efforts, aren’t the securest side at the back, conceding in each of their last five and in eight of their last ten. The National League leaders are certainly a threat going forward, but, having failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven fixtures, are showing clear signs of weakness at the back. If Ipswich are capable of turning up and putting their best foot forward, then the hosts could find themselves struggling at the back.

Second half goals are also fancied to complement an improved attacking performance from McCarthy’s team in this one. At least two second half goals have been scored in eight of Lincoln’s last ten matches, while the same can be said for Ipswich in seven of their last ten. On top of this, the net has been found on two or more occasions after the interval in four of the last five Lincoln home matches and in three of Ipswich’s last five on the road.

All things considered, the visiting team should have more than enough quality to score a couple of goals in this fixture, while the hosts certainly couldn’t be discounted from an attacking point of view either. Fans were treated to plenty of goals in the reverse of this fixture and they’re fancied to be in for much of the same here, particularly after the break.

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