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Ipswich Town (A) match preview

13 September 2019

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Rovers travel to take on third placed Ipswich Town in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

Both sides head into the game with their unbeaten records on the line, with the Tractor Boys three points ahead of Rovers having played a game more.

Darren Moore’s side go into the game on the back of four straight wins in all competitions, including last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Rotherham United at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Brief history of Ipswich Town

Ipswich play at the 30,311-capacity Portman Road ground, which has been their home since 1884.

Town started the millennium in the Premier League and finished in an impressive fifth place, securing European football before being relegated a season later which resulted in manager George Burley losing his job.

They fought for promotion back to the top flight for a number of seasons after that, but managerial changes on a regular basis meant that they struggled to find consistency before the appointment of Mick McCarthy in 2012. McCarthy helped the club to consolidate in the Championship and guided them to the play-offs in the 2014/15 campaign, before eventually being beaten in the semi-finals by local rivals Norwich City.

Ipswich were relegated last season after being cut adrift with just one win from their opening 14 league games. They have spent wisely in the summer with the hope of returning to the Championship at the first attempt.

Ones to watch

Luke Chambers

The current club captain at Portman Road, the central defender joined the club in the summer of 2012 after his contract with Nottingham Forest expired. The 33-year-old has been a mainstay at the heart of the defence and won the Player of the Year award in his first season. Equally as comfortable at right-back, Chambers signed a contract extension in March 2019 which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.

Gwion Edwards

The Welsh winger joined Ipswich from Peterborough United in the summer of 2018 for an undisclosed fee. Having started his career with Swansea, it was during his time at London Road that Edwards established himself, making more than 50 appearances before Ipswich came calling. A Wales U21 international, he made the ideal start to life with the Tractor Boys as he scored on his debut on the opening day of last season.

James Norwood

A much sought after striker, Norwood joined Ipswich in the summer after his goals helps Tranmere Rovers to back-to-back promotions from the National League to Sky Bet League One. The 28-year-old scored 92 goals in 180 games during his time at Prenton Park, and has previously spent time with the likes of Exeter City, Sutton United, Eastbourne Borough and Forest Green Rovers.

Last time out

The two sides last met in a Carabao Cup second round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium, with Ipswich running out 4-1 winners after extra time. Andy Williams had given Rovers the lead, before a Brett Pitman equaliser meant the scores were level after 90 minutes. The visitors secured their progression with goals from David McGoldrick, James Alabi and Ryan Fraser in extra time.


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