Only a couple of places separate Mansfield and Lincoln in Blue Square Premier so it’s perhaps not surprising that they couldn’t be separated in their FA Cup second round clash at Sincil Bank, which finished three-each.
As the pair renew hostilities at Field Mill however, it’s the Stags that are strongly fancied by bookmakers, at 11/10 via bet365, to land the plum third round clash against Liverpool.
The Imps are Betfred’s 11/4 outsiders and it’s 13/5 with BetVictor to end all square again but Town have Blue Square Premier’s best home record and it’s hard not to feel, on that basis, that Lincoln’s big chance was lost when they conceded a last-minute equaliser in front of their own supporters.
Nevertheless, the two have already drawn 0-0 at Field Mill this season so it should be tight and Paul Cox’s men are an alluring 10/3 (bet365) to shade it by a one-goal margin.
In the night’s other encounter, Oxford and Accrington face-off for the right to meet Sheffield United and it’s the U’s that get the nod at a tasty 23/20 courtesy of BetVictor.