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Big Preview: Ipswich Town

Posted: Fri 14 Feb 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Looking ahead to Saturday's clash

After a stirring display against Nottingham Forest last time out, Barry Ferguson believes this weekend he’ll be returning north from Ipswich Town with three valuable points.

November’s dramatic defeat to The Tractor Boys will still be fresh in Blackpool minds, as they look to halt a run of 14 winless matches when they visit Portman Road. 

Blackpool are unbeaten at Bloomfield Road under the Scot, but away from home the record reads at two defeats out of two.

Ipswich will be another tough test. Mick McCarthy’s men are sat on the edge of the play-offs and are a force on home soil. They're unbeaten in four, but could only take a point from Barnsley last time out. 

Meanwhile, with the Pool injury list shortening by the day,  Ferguson may well have a few decisions to make before the trip south.

Team news

Ricardo Fuller is set to return to the Blackpool squad, having been side-lined since the Middlesbrough defeat. Neal Bishop, Tom Barkhuizen and Bobby Grant will all miss out through injury however.

As for Ipswich, they’ll monitor the fitness of Luke Hyam and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake ahead of Saturday’s game.

Recent form

Blackpool haven’t won in 14 games, but showed plenty of promise in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest. On the road however, Ferguson’s men have recently been beaten at Reading and Blackburn.

Last six: DLLDLL

Ipswich came from behind to draw at Barnsley last week, whilst they’ve beaten the likes of Reading and Bolton in recent weeks.

Last six: DWDWLL

Head-to-head

In November a late Daryl Murphy header saw Ipswich claim three points at Bloomfield Road, after Steve Davies had levelled for Pool. At Portman Road last season Michael Chopra scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for Ipswich.

Complete record: Blackpool wins: 5 – Draws: 8 – Ipswich wins: 10


Connections

Blackpool strikers Chopra and Fuller have both played for Ipswich, as has DJ Campbell. Others that have played for both clubs include Billy Clarke, Ian Marshall and David Linighan.

Tickets

Supporters can pay on the day at Portman Road, however it will cost an extra £2.50 for adults and seniors, and £1 for juniors.

It means entrance will cost the following – Adults: £28.50 – Senior (60+) - £21.50 – Juniors (under 16s) - £11.50. 

Betting

Blackpool can be backed at 100/30 for a victory with Sky Bet, who have Ipswich at 4/5 and a draw at 13/5.

Andy Keogh can be backed at 8/1 to open the scoring, whilst Angel Martinez is at 22/1

Other fixtures
Birmingham v Huddersfield
Bournemouth v Burnley
Doncaster v Barnsley
Millwall v Bolton
Watford v Middlesbrough
QPR v Reading (Sunday)