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Posted Fri 25 Oct 13

Preview: Ipswich Town

Match Preview: Setting the scene
Setting the scene Ipswich
Wanderers welcome Ipswich Town to the Reebok Stadium this Saturday afternoon looking for the club’s first home victory of the season.

After securing a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday last time out, the Whites will be hoping to avenge the two defeats inflicted on them by the Tractor Boys last season.

A late Michael Chopra strike collected all three points for the Suffolk based club last December in a 2-1 victory in BL6, while Carlos Edwards’ 88th minute goal in the reverse fixture meant that Wanderers returned to the North West empty handed. 

Having experienced a steady start to the campaign with 15 points collected in 12 outings, the Portman Road outfit are yet to pick up maximum points on their travels with three draws and three defeats so far.

Currently occupying 12th position in the table though, Mick McCarthy’s side will be looking to consolidate on their solid opening to the season when they face Wanderers this weekend.
Match Preview: Team news
Team news Ipswich
Manager Dougie Freedman will be without the services of Liam Feeney after Millwall activated a clause in the player’s loan contract to take him back to The Den earlier than planned.

Aside from the absence of the winger, the Scot has a virtually fully fit squad to choose from with the exception of long term absentees Mark Davies, Marc Tierney and Stuart Holden.
Match preview: Op camp
Opp camp Ipswich
Ipswich Town travel up to the North West this weekend on the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.

Having prided themselves on their form at Portman Road during the opening months of the season with four wins on home soil, the Tractor Boys haven’t emerged victorious in a game since their 2-0 win against Brighton last month.

After narrowly avoiding relegation last term with a late surge up the table, Town moved to strengthen their squad during the summer months with the acquisition of a number of experienced bodies including those of defender Christophe Berra and the permanent signing of striker David McGoldrick.
Match Preview: One to watch
One to watch Ipswich
A player who spent the latter stages of last season on loan with the club, David McGoldrick has made a scintillating start to life as an Ipswich player, finding the back of the net five times so far this term.

Following on from his impressive initial spell at Portman Road, the Tractor Boys made his move permanent in the summer and have been rewarded with a number of important goals inside the opening quarter of the season.

After starting out his career with his local side of Notts County, the striker made the move to Southampton in the summer of 2004, spending five years on the south coast.

His time with the Saints wasn’t plain sailing however, with the forward spending much of his time there on loan with County, Bournemouth and Port Vale.

2009 saw McGoldrick transfer to Nottingham Forest but his four seasons with the club were interspersed with spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City and Ipswich Town, with the latter securing his signature in the summer of 2013.
Match preview: Man in the middle
Ref watch Ipswich
David Webb will take charge of Saturday’s clash against Ipswich Town.

Currently residing in County Durham, Webb has refereed ten games already this season across the Championship, League One and League Two.

His last outing was prior to the international break where he oversaw Watford’s 2-1 victory against Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium.

Having awarded just a single penalty this term, he has also dished out 28 yellow and one red card.

The last time Webb took charge of a Bolton game was back in April of this year, with Wanderers running out 1-0 winners against Huddersfield at the Reebok Stadium.

Shaun Hudson and Ross Joyce will run the line, whilst the fourth official will be Sebastian Stockbridge.
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