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Burnley v Lincoln City

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11:30 PM (AEDST) Saturday, February 18 at Turf Moor, Burnley

The fifth round of the FA Cup begins on Saturday when Premier League side Burnley plays host to fifth division side Lincoln City.

Likely Teams

Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Defour, Hendrick, Boyd; Vokes, Gray.
Lincoln City: Farman; Wood, Habergham, Arnold, Raggett; Waterfall, Hawkridge, Woodyard; Knott, Southwell, Rhead.


There have been 5 FA Cup matche3s between these two outfits with Burnley yet to suffer defeat, having won 3 games with 2 others drawn. Their last FA Cup contest was in 1996 where Burnley won 2-1. Three of the last four games in all competitions between these two sides have been 1 all draws, one of which was in their most recent clash back in 1999.


Burnley made a slow start to their season, picking up 6 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses before a form reversal saw them collect 5 wins, 2 draws and just 3 losses. Burnley began their FA Cup campaign in Round 3 where they were kept to a scoreless draw with Sunderland, forcing a rematch which they won 2-0. They won by the same score line in Round 4 against Bristol City which saw them advance to this fifth round clash.
Lincoln City have had a magnificent season so far in England’s fifth division competition, the National League. They’ve had 28 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses in all competitions this year. Their FA Cup campaign began with a 2-1 win over 6th division side Altrincham. In the second round they defeated third division side Oldham Athletic 3-2. Their third round clash against second division side Ipswich Town resulted in a 2 all draw which forced a return match which the fifth division Lincoln side won 1-0. Their impressive run continued in the fourth round where the dominated another second division side in Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1.

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Key Match-Up

Burnley back 5 v Lincoln front 5 – The Lincoln forwards have been playing with great confidence and skill for this tournament and have proven to be a very capable outfit who love the big clashes. Burnley’s defence was very inconsistent and unreliable to start the year but has shown solid improvement of late.


A Premier League side against a fifth division team should be all that needs to be said. Lincoln though are a spirited outfit and they will fight all the way. Burnley should be too strong.

Recommended Tips

Burnley $1.30
Lincoln City $11.00
Draw $5.00

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