Just over one year on from a defeat that all but ended our season under Steve Evans we head to Portman Road with very different objectives for this match. Three points is realistic but won’t come easy and to get them we need to be at our best against very tough opposition.
The only unavailable player is the now long-term injury of Charlie Taylor. Classing him as long-term is easier as the situation regarding his injury isn’t very clear. He was taken off as a precaution against Rotherham at the start of January and hasn’t kicked a ball since. Liam Bridcutt returns after a one game suspension but isn’t guaranteed a spot with Eunan O’Kane and Ronaldo Vieira having good games on Tuesday night in the win over Bristol City. We have a full squad apart from that which has been a rare occasion this season and competition hasn’t been stronger, certain positions seem to be overloaded which isn’t a bad thing.
Ipswich are without their main man in Tom Lawrence. The Welsh striker is as important to Ipswich as the likes of Chris Wood is to Leeds and Garry Monk. They are also without Toumani Diagouraga who can’t play against us and Luke Chambers is a major doubt of the game after cracking his ribs in the draw at Brighton. Ipswich have been on a good run of form recently and are destined for a mid-table finish or maybe even a bit higher, maybe top ten at best. They have been a difficult side to play this season despite losing more games than expected. They are vulnerable and the crowd are likely to get on their back if we can get on the front foot early on.
One To Watch – Brett Pitman – Always got a goal in him in and around the box. Jansson clattered him at Elland Road and that was that, interesting to see if he fancies it tomorrow.
Ayling Bartley Jansson Berardi
Barrow Hernandez Roofe