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Match Preview: Ipswich Town

Posted: Fri 15 Feb 2013
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A Look Ahead To The Long Trip To Face The Tractor Boys

The Seasiders make the long trip to Portman Road tomorrow looking for their second successive away win, following the 2-1 victory over Wolves three weeks ago.

Steve Thompson remains without long term absentees Ian Evatt (knee) and Bob Harris (ankle), but Matt Gilks is available after serving his one-match suspension last week.

The last time these sides met was on the third game of the season; Blackpool ran out 6-0 winners thanks to goals from Thomas Ince (two), Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Craig Cathcart, Nouha Dicko and an own-goal.

Mick McCarthy took over as manager of Ipswich in November following Paul Jewell's departure and will be desperate for three points tomorrow as The Tractor Boys lie just above the relegation zone.

Head-To-Head

Blackpool have faced Ipswich Town 21 times competitively, with The Seasiders running out winners five times, drawing eight and losing eight.

Previous Meetings

25 August 2012 – Blackpool 6-0 Ipswich Town

14 January 2012 – Ipswich Town 2-2 Blackpool

Ipswich Town

Former Blackpool striker DJ Campbell is The Tractor Boys’ top scorer this season with ten goals, but the striker is now at Blackburn Rovers after being loaned out once again by Queens Park Rangers.

Mick McCarthy has won eight of his 19 games in charge of the club with arguably his best win coming in their last home game when they beat Middlesbrough 4-0.

That win is their only victory in their last six league games meaning they sit 20th and just one point above the drop zone.

Stat Attack

- The last back-to-back wins for The Seasiders came in August when Blackpool beat Leeds United and Ipswich Town.

- Blackpool have scored 72% of their goals in the second half of matches this season.

- The Seasiders have conceded the first goal in 21 of the 31 league games this campaign.

- Ipswich’s most common score line at home is 1-1, which has happened on four occasions.

- McCarthy's side have conceded 14 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season.

Referee

Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

The last game involving The Seasiders that Mr. Madley refereed was the 4-1 win over Middlesbrough in September 2012.

Goals from Thomas Ince, Elliot Grandin and a double from Nathan Delfouneso handed Blackpool all three points.