Swindon vs Lincoln preview
Last Updated: 11/01/19 12:19pm
Swindon could parade latest loan signing Ali Koiki against Sky Bet League Two leaders Lincoln on Saturday.
The defender has arrived from Premier League side Burnley and is eligible for the Imps' visit. Two other loan arrivals, meanwhile, are set to make their home debuts as Swindon target victory over a team currently top of the table by four points.
Forward Ben House and midfielder Canice Carroll were both involved in last weekend's win over Macclesfield, with the latter set for a second successive full start.
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Lincoln will check on the fitness of goalkeeper Josh Vickers following his return to the team against Everton last weekend. Vickers' long-standing thigh problem needs managing but the absence of a midweek game will have helped and the 23-year-old looks set to play at the County Ground.
That could see Imps boss Danny Cowley name the same side that lost narrowly at Everton in the FA Cup. The likes of Shay McCartan and Matt Rhead will be hoping for recalls, though.
Swindon have lost back to back home Football League games against Lincoln by a 0-1 scoreline, having gone unbeaten in their first five such matches against them (W4 D1).
Lincoln have lost just one of their last five Football League games against Swindon (W3 D1) and are unbeaten in their last three against the Robins (W2 D1).
Swindon have only won one of their last six league games (D3 L2), though it was their last such outing in the division (2-1 v Macclesfield).
Lincoln City, who sit top of the table with 51 points, have eight more points than they did after 25 matches last season; indeed, this is the Imps' best return at this stage in the Football League since 1982-83 (53 points).
Swindon Town have only lost two points from leading positions in League Two this season, a joint-league-low alongside Newport County.