The Imps host Carlisle this weekend, with Mark Kennedy’s side looking to continue their solid start to the new campaign. The last time the two sides faced was in the 2021 EFL Trophy, where Carlisle were victorious on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
After losing to Bolton Wanderers 3-0 on the opening day of the season, Lincoln shook off the dust and have been superb. The Imps are unbeaten since gameweek one, picking up 11 points which puts them in 8th place. At Sincil Bank, they have won both games, conceding none and scoring six against two teams with aspirations of play-offs, Blackpool, and Wycombe. Daniel Mandroiu has been excellent so far this season and particularly at home, where he has produced two goals and three assists.
Last time out, Lincoln looked set to pick up all three points once again versus Bristol Rovers before conceding a 94th minute equaliser. Lincoln deserved the win and to add context to how the game played out, Bristol Rover’s goalkeeper Matthew Cox made four saves in the box which was a combination of great shot stopping and poor finishing.
The Cumbrians have had a rather inconsistent start to life back in League One after earning promotion last season. After seven games, the side has only won one game whilst drawing three and losing three. Fine margins seems to have separated Carlisle from their opponents, but they do have some results that show promise, such as their 1-1 draw versus Wigan. Paul Simpson’s side are yet to win a game away from home, but the aim will be to change that this weekend.
Carlisle were also on their travels last week as they held current top of the table Stevenage to a 2-2 draw. Simpson’s side showed great character throughout the tie, bouncing back twice after conceding. This determination to not give in will be important for the season ahead and the game against Lincoln.
Carlisle have shown that they can frustrate teams this season and their gameplan should remain the same this weekend. Lincoln will want to make a statement of intent with a win but they may struggle in periods of the game, especially if Carlisle open the scoring.
The final prediction is Lincoln 1-1 Carlisle.