There may be a difference in fame and fortune between the Imps and the Blues but these two clubs have many similar traits.

The first similarity concerns consistency.

Since October 1st neither side has lost a league match.

In fact that Saturday proved a turning point for both clubs.

Lincoln City hammered Braintree 3-0 whilst Chelsea overcame Hull City 2-0.

That was the date when the Imps and the Blues started their incredible runs.

Lincoln City are unbeaten in all competitions in their last 15 outings, winning 11 and drawing four.

Chelsea have won their last 10 league games losing only once in nearly three months to West Ham in the EFL Cup.

Statistics don’t lie. Chelsea top the Premier League. Lincoln City could top the National League with a win over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

Moving away from the facts and figures Lincoln City share even more similarities with Chelsea.

Both outfits are consistent with team selection. Paul Farman is a permanent fixture in the Imps’ goal.

Thibaut Courtois does the same at Chelsea.

Both management teams have won Manager of the Month Awards during this period.

Each club has a squad that can cope with injuries and suspensions.

The Imps won’t be dabbling in the transfer market.

Why change a consistent and settled squad?

The same applies to Chelsea.

Finally the most obvious similarity between these two famous old clubs concerns the management teams.

Danny and Nicky Cowley are very intelligent young men who have brought new levels of fitness and spirit to Sincil Bank.

Antonio Conte’s players are the fittest in the league and cover more ground than any of their Premier League counterparts.

Discounting the fracas at Manchester City both clubs have improved disciplinary records.

Bradley Wood now has controlled aggression under the Cowleys.

The red mist that hovered over Diego Costa has now dispersed.

Lincoln City and Chelsea have sizeable differences in their respective bank accounts.

They are also separated by four divisions.

But that’s where the differences stop and the similarities take over.

Peter Hayward




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