Blackpool vs Lincoln City: Two resurgent clubs dreaming of Championship football

After years of hurt, Blackpool are just one final hurdle away from securing their return to the Championship. But with that hurdle being Lincoln City, promotion is far from assured.

When: Sunday, May 30, 15:00 BST

How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event

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Jerry Yates to score anytime at 7/5 (PaddyPower)

This weekend's League One play-off final will see Blackpool and Lincoln City go head-to-head at Wembley stadium.

These types of games are normally huge affairs but for both these clubs, there is an added element of significance.

Lincoln boss Michael Appleton
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton

Blackpool, for instance, have seen their fortunes take a turn for the better following Simon Sadler's takeover. The Blackpool-born businessman bought the club in 2019 and continues to take it in a brighter direction after the controversial 22-year reign of the Oyston family.

For Lincoln City, this game will mark the zenith of the club's incredible six-year rise - a rise that's showing little signs of stopping.

Last Three League One Matches

Lincoln City 2-2 Blackpool (April 10, 2021)

In their last head-to-head meeting, viewers were treated to an instant classic as Lincoln came back from 2-0 down to rescue a point.

Ellis Simms bagged the opener for Blackpool in the 37th minute before Sullay Kaikai doubled the advantage in the early stages of the second half.

Lincoln made five changes after the interval, one of them including the introduction of Anthony Scully in the 72nd minute.

A few moments after his entrance, the Lincoln man scored to give his side late hope. With five minutes remaining, Brennan Johnson found the equaliser to save a point for the hosts.

Blackpool 2-3 Lincoln City (October 3, 2020)

Viewers were treated to another dramatic encounter when the two teams clashed in only their fourth game of the season.

CJ Hamilton opened Blackpool's account in the 17th minute however, Lincoln hit back thanks to Jorge Grant's well converted penalty.

There was a lot more drama to come but it all arrived in the final ten minutes of the game. It all began with Blackpool regaining their lead through Demetri Mitchell in the 82nd minute.

Moments later, the Seasiders went from euphoria to fury as James Husband was shown a straight red card.

Grant then converted his second penalty of the game before an 88th minute winner from Lewis Montsma sealed a famous win for the Imps.

Lincoln City 1-0 Blackpool (January 18, 2020)

There wasn't as much drama when the two teams met in the early days of 2020.

Nevertheless, it turned out to be another solid outing from the hosts who bagged all three points with a 1-0 victory.

Tyreece John-Jules scored the only goal of the game as the Imps recorded their first win over Blackpool since 2001.

Last nine head-to-heads

Blackpool wins: 3

Draws: 2

Lincoln City wins: 4

Blackpool goals: 12

Lincoln City goals: 13

Momentum is with the Seasiders

Blackpool's incredible semi-final victory over Oxford United will go down in League One folklore.

Neil Critchley's side picked up a 3-0 win in the first leg - away from home - to set up what promised to be an uneventful rematch. Instead, fans were treated to an instant classic as the Seasiders played out a 3-3 draw to win the tie 6-3 on aggregate.

Blackpool manager, Neil Critchley
Blackpool manager, Neil Critchley

Blackpool come into this weekend's final having won five of their last six League One fixtures. In this time, the only goals they conceded all came in that second leg draw with Oxford.

With that in mind, it's fair to say that the Seasiders certainly have wind in their sails.

Lincoln have Blackpool's number

Take a look at the last three games between these two teams and you will find a number of interesting themes.

One of them is that this fixture does tend to produce a boat load of goals. The other, is that in recent times, Lincoln have managed to get the better of their rivals.

Lincoln defeated Sunderland in the semi-final
Lincoln defeated Sunderland in the semi-final

With two wins from three games, the Imps certainly have the tools to pick Blackpool apart.

Question is, can they do it again on the biggest stage?

Goalscorer bets

Blackpool's Jerry Yates is currently enjoying his best season since entering the world of professional football.

The forward struggled to find goals in a Rotherham shirt however, since joining the Seasiders, he has managed to bag 20 goals from 43 games.

Blackpool's Jerry Yates
Blackpool's Jerry Yates

Yates is well priced to score anytime in the play-off final at 7/5 (PaddyPower)

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