Lincoln vs Colchester preview
Last Updated: 03/05/19 3:27pm
Sky Bet League Two champions Lincoln will have defender Jason Shackell available for their final match of the season against Colchester.
Shackell has now served his two-match suspension after receiving a red card against Carlisle on Good Friday. Imps boss Danny Cowley is expecting a reaction following last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Newport.
Teenagers Ellis Chapman and Jordan Adebayo-Smith could be included in the squad having returned from respective loan spells at Chesterfield and Grantham.
Colchester could yet sneak into the play-offs should they win at Sincil Bank and other results go their way. Ethan Ross is expected to continue to deputise for goalkeeper Dillon Barnes, who is serving a suspension.
Bailey Vose, 20, could be on the bench again with Rene Gilmartin carrying a knee problem. Left-back Kane Vincent-Young continues to be assessed on an abdominal problem, while captain Luke Prosser (knee) remains in rehabilitation along with midfielders Harry Pell (hamstring) and Brandon Comley (knee).
Lincoln have lost just one of their last 13 home league matches against Colchester (W6 D6 L1), losing 0-1 in March 1998.
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Colchester could complete a league double over Lincoln for the first time since the 1973-74 season.
Lincoln City are champions of League Two, the first time they've finished top of a division in the Football League since 1975-76, when they won the fourth tier under Graham Taylor.
Colchester have picked up just one win from their last six League Two games on the road (D2 L3), scoring just three goals.
Lincoln have been victorious on the final day of just one of their last 14 Football League campaigns, winning 2-0 against Chester City in May 2007 (W1 D6 L7).
Five teams can still finish seventh and qualify for the League Two play-offs. Newport currently occupy seventh spot on 70 points, while Exeter are a point behind on 69. Colchester, Carlisle and Stevenage all have 67 and all three have a better goal difference than Newport.
Final days are always unpredictable, but Newport are on such good form at the moment and I think they will win at Morecambe on Saturday and hold on to their position in the play-offs.
David Prutton predicts: Newport to finish seventh (1/3 with Sky Bet)