David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town side hosts Ipswich Town on Saturday looking to extend this season’s great record at the John Smith’s Stadium.
After the team’s eight game unbeaten run ended in a game of fine margins at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, the Terriers will hope that another good performance is rewarded with the right result this weekend.
However, Mick McCarthy’s Tractor Boys are a notoriously difficult opponent and will provide the Terriers with another stern test on Saturday.
Mick McCarthy’s side currently sits 14th in the Sky Bet Championship table, nine places and 12 points behind Town in fifth.
The team won its last outing, beating Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at Portman Road. That added to another home win to cap off 2016; a 2-1 victory over Bristol City.
Ipswich was beaten 2-1 by QPR in its most recent away game, losing three out of the previous five away matches prior to their trip to Loftus Road. The nine goals that McCarthy’s side has scored in 12 away games is the second lowest total in the Sky Bet Championship; Aston Villa has netted just seven goals on the road.
Inconsistency in results has been Ipswich’s weakness so far, this term; the team is yet to record back-to-back victories.
IPSWICH TOWN: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ipswich’s attacking midfielder Tom Lawrence is a man in form coming into the game, with five goals in just three games ahead of Tuesday night’s Emirates FA Cup game at Lincoln City.
The 23 year-old is on a season-long loan from Premier League champions Leicester City and has an eye for a spectacular strike.
Another young player catching the eye is 22 year-old defender Adam Webster. Signed from Portsmouth in the summer, the former England Under-19 international has been a key man at the heart of the Ipswich defence.
IPSWICH TOWN: JANUARY TRANSFERS
Fellow Sky Bet Championship team, Burton Albion, signed Ipswich striker Luke Varney on an 18-month deal at the start of the month after Mick McCarthy’s side agreed to cancel the remainder of his contract. Varney scored five goals in 58 games in all competitions for Ipswich, four of those being in the league.
Ipswich has since added a couple of players to the squad; Kieffer Moore and Jordan Spence.
Moore, 24, is a powerful striker who joined for an undisclosed fee from Vanarama National side Forest Green Rovers. It’s a second bite of the cherry at league football for Moore, who previously played for Yeovil Town.
Spence, 26, is a right back who has been snapped up as a free agent following his release from Sky Bet League 1 side MK Dons. A former West Ham Academy player and England Under-21 international, he will be eligible for his Ipswich debut at the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend.
IPSWICH TOWN’S LAST LEAGUE LINE-UP (3-5-2):
GK Bartosz Bialkowski
DC Christophe Berra
DC Luke Chambers (pictured below)
DC Adam Webster
WBL Jonas Knudsen
MC Kevin Bru
MC Cole Skuse
MC Andre Dozzell
WBR Josh Emmanuel
S Tom Lawrence
S Freddie Sears
IPSWICH TOWN: TEAM NEWS
McCarthy has had several injuries to cope with recently.
Defenders Myles Kenlock (calf), Tommy Smith (back) and Paul Digby (knee) have been missing, alongside midfielders Luke Hyam (knee), Teddy Bishop (ankle), Giles Coke (knee) and Jonny Williams (shoulder).
Most recently, striker David McGoldrick missed the win over Blackburn due to a hamstring problem.
Recent meetings between the two have proved to be equal, with Town recording two wins, two draws and two defeats against Ipswich in the last six games.
The Terriers won a tight game at Portman Road in the first meeting of the two this season in early October, with Christopher Schindler’s first goal in English football settling the tie.
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