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Everton v Lincoln City

4th January 2019, 13:43 by Bobbie Jackson

Everton welcome League Two side Lincoln City to Goodison Park on Saturday in round three of the FA Cup.

The Toffees will look to use the clash to get their campaign back on track after a poor run of results in the Premier League.

Indeed, Everton have only tasted victory once in their last eight league outings and they have lost four of the last five.

Ademola Lookman may have been handed a rare starting opportunity but the winger has been ruled out of action with an ankle injury.

Marco Silva has no other injury concerns to contend with and defender Jonjoe Kenny, who was praised for his performance against Leicester, could earn a second successive start.

Lincoln defied the odds to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2016-17, having seen off the likes of Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley on the way.

The League Two leaders are in good form with just one defeat in their last six outings and they will hope to continue building momentum on Merseyside.

First-choice goalkeeper Josh Vickers is facing a race to be fit as he continues to recover from a calf injury sustained on Boxing Day.

Grant Smith has deputised in his absence but he is cup-tied after playing for Maidstone earlier in the competition.

If Vickers fails to prove his fitness then the Imps will turn to Sam Slocombe who has made just five appearances this term.

Everton claimed an 8-5 aggregate victory the last time they met Lincoln in round two of the 1993-94 League Cup.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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