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Michael Keane not underestimating Lincoln

Michael Keane

Burnley defender Michael Keane is refusing to underestimate the challenge that awaits his side when they play host to non-league Lincoln in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

The Clarets will head into the match having won seven of their last eight matches at Turf Moor, with the other game ending in a 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea last weekend.

Sean Dyche’s side will now face National League leaders Lincoln for a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, but Keane is refusing to dismiss the Imps’ chances as they have already beaten the likes of Ipswich and Brighton during this season’s competition.

Keane said: “We want to get through to that quarter-final. We’re not going to take it lightly, it’ll be a tough game because they’ve done brilliant to get this far, but we need to make sure that they don’t go any further.”

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The 24-year-old has been impressed by Lincoln’s form throughout the campaign, as Danny Cowley’s men have only lost two of their last 28 matches in all competitions.

“We can’t underestimate them,” he added. “They’ve got some good players and we’ll look at their team this week.”

Burnley are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Lincoln, although the two sides have not clashed since 1999.

The Clarets are priced at 1.30 to win the match, while Lincoln are available at 11.00 to cause a cup shock, and the draw is on offer at 5.50.