Lincoln go to Exeter for the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final after a goalless first leg on Saturday.
Exeter are aiming for a return to the third tier after a six-year absence, while Lincoln are looking for back-to-back promotions after coming up from the National League under Danny Cowley last term.
Exeter will hope defender Troy Brown is fit again, but manager Paul Tisdale may opt to continue with Jordan Storey after the youngster’s impressive form.
Lincoln have no major injury concerns following Saturday’s first leg; Sam Habergham and Lee Frecklington are both hoping to return to fitness for the clash.
Exeter, who also drew their first leg away from home in the League Two play-offs last season, won their only other home match in the play-offs, beating Carlisle United 3-2 before losing in the final to Blackpool.
The 0-0 draw between the sides in the first leg was the Grecians’ first clean sheet in the Football League play-offs, having conceded 2+ goals in each of their other three games.
The Imps have now failed to win any of their last seven play-off matches in the Football League (D2 L5), although their last outing prior to the first leg was back in 2007 (v Bristol Rovers).
Lincoln have failed to reach the final in three of their five previous play-off campaigns in the Football League, and have also lost the two finals which they did reach (0-2 v Southend in 2005 and 2-5 v Bournemouth in 2003).
After winning their first ever away game in the Football League play-offs (1-0 at Scunthorpe in 2003), the Imps have failed to win each of their last four on the road since (D2 L2).
It wasn’t a thriller by any means at Sincil Bank on Saturday, but it’s a result that’s left this tie balanced firmly on a knife edge heading to Thursday’s second leg.
It’s a long old journey for Lincoln all the way down to Exeter and the Grecians will fancy their chances of getting the victory at home. And I think they’ll do just that to make the play-off final once again.
David Prutton predicts: 2-1 and Exeter to progress 2-1 on aggregate (9/1 with Sky Bet)