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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
08:00 29th September 2016
By  Adam Tomlinson

PREVIEW: IPSWICH TOWN (A)

After returning to winning ways against Rotherham United, David Wagner’s side will look to carry on their good start to the season when they travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The Terriers travels to Portman Road for their third game in eight days and to a ground they haven’t won at since 1996.

But Town will go into the game with confidence, following their midweek result against the Millers and after winning 22 points from their first 10 matches.

THE OPPOSITION

It was a summer of little change at Ipswich Town after an impressive Sky Bet Championship campaign last year.

The Tractor Boys finished the season in 7th place, five points off the Play-Offs and only brought in seven new players over the summer.

Their most influential signing so far has come in the form of Conor Grant, from Tottenham Hotspur, who has made an excellent start to the season, while they have also loaned Tom Lawrence and Jonny Williams from Leicester City and Crystal Palace respectively.

However, leaving the Club this summer was their main talisman Daryl Murphy. The 33 year-old striker joined Newcastle United for a reported fee of £3 million.

Ipswich Town started the season well beating Barnsley 4-2 at home on the opening day of the season thanks to a hat-trick from new boy Grant Ward.

McCarthy 4_3

However, defeat to Stevenage in the EFL Cup followed and Mick McCarthy’s (pictured above) side only picked up two points from their next three league games.

Wins over Preston and Derby pushed them into the top half of the table, but the Tractor Boys have since gone three games without a win since with 0-0 draws against both Aston Villa and Brighton & HA, whilst losing 1-0 to Leeds United.

McCarthy’s side has kept three clean sheets at home so far this season, but have only scored four goals in their last nine games.

IPSWICH TOWN: PLAYERS TO WATCH

One player for Town fans to watch is Freddie Sears (pictured below). The former England Under-21 international has been playing as Ipswich’s main striker since Brett Pitman and David McGoldrick have been ruled out with injury. Usually he makes an impact cutting in from the wings.

Sears 4_3

Centre midfielder Cole Skuse has been an influential part of Mick McCarthy’s side over the last few seasons. The 30 year-old defensive minded midfielder will look to sniff out Town attacks and provide extra protection to their defence.

Club Captain Luke Chamber is also one to watch. He has averaged just fewer than three goals a season since joining the Club in 2012 and is a dominant figure in the Tractor Boys’ back line.

IPSWICH TOWN: SIGNINGS

Summer signing Grant Ward (pictured below) made an instant impact at Portman Road. On his debut he scored a hat-trick against Barnsley and inspired their first win of the season. Ward joined from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and is an attacking minded midfielder.

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Another player to join from a Premier League side is Tom Lawrence. The winger, who has been capped four times by Wales, joined on loan from Leicester City in the summer on loan and has impressed Manager Mick McCarthy with his performances over recent weeks.

Defender Adam Webster was been a regular since joining from League 2 side Portsmouth in the summer. The 21 year-old has been playing alongside Luke Chambers and has already made over 100 First Team appearances.

Ipswich Town’s previous league line-up (4-2-3-1):

GK: Bartosz Bialkowski

DR: Joshua Emmanuel  
DC: Luke Chambers (c)
DC Christophe Berra
DL Jonas Knudsen

MC Jonathan Douglas 
MC Cole Skuse

AMR Kevin Bru 
AMC Grant Ward  
AML Tom Lawrence

FC Leon Best 

IPSWICH TOWN: TEAM NEWS

Mick McCarthy revealed that striker Brett Pitman will be out for 10 weeks after suffering an ankle injury, while David McGoldrick, Teddy Bishop and Jonny Williams have all been ruled out for this weekend’s game by the Ipswich Manager.

TOWN: TEAM NEWS

Mark Hudson, Chris Löwe and Rajiv van La Parra could all return this weekend after returning from suspension while Joe Lolley is the only players out injured with a foot problem.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

08 Apr 2014    Huddersfield Town 0-2 Ipswich Town   
25 Oct 2014    Ipswich Town 2-2 Huddersfield Town       
06 Apr 2015    Huddersfield Town 2-1 Ipswich Town       
17 Oct 2015    Ipswich Town 0-0 Huddersfield Town       
27 Feb 2016    Huddersfield Town 0-1 Ipswich Town   

TICKETS

Tickets and travel are still available for Town’s away game at Ipswich; click HERE to buy!

Prices:
Adults: £32.50
Over-60s and NUS Students: £23
Under-20s: £22
Under-16s: £11.50

Tickets for ambulant and wheelchair disabled supporters are available for just £19 with a free carer. To purchase these please contact Warner Duff at Ipswich Town on 01473 400556.