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The Match: Ipswich Town (A)

10 April 2015

Preview Saturday's Game

Ipswich Town vs Blackpool
11 April 2015
Portman Road

On Saturday Blackpool tackle the first of back-to-back away games at play-off-chasing sides, and Ipswich Town will plan to get their charge back on track at the expense of Lee Clark's side.

The League One-bound Seasiders have nothing to play for in terms of points, but the men is tangerine will be keen to put on a show with one eye on next season.

Ipswich prepare to host Pool on the back of a damaging Easter weekend, after they picked up one point from six available to leave themselves the wrong side of the dotted line.

Three points adrift of sixth spot with five games to go, Saturday provides an opportunity for Mick McCarthy's side to bridge the gap should they get past Pool, who are unbeaten in their last three.

Team News
Clark was dealt a blow this week with the loss of Joe Lewis and Grant Hall for the remainder of the season, after the duo injured ankles against Reading. Meanwhile Michael Jacobs has returned to Wolves, meaning the manager will be forced into at least three changes. Miles Addison and Mark Waddington are expected to miss out once again.

As for Ipswich, Tyrone Mings is expected to return from suspension after missing the two Easter fixtures. Dean Gerken and Stephen Hunt played in an Under-21 game on Tuesday, so could be pushing for starts.

In The Build-Up
Blackpool go into the fixture unbeaten in their last three, having picked up three 1-1 draws on the spin. The latest came on Tuesday night against Reading, while the same result was picked up in the club's last away game at Bolton.

Ipswich were beaten by 2-1 Huddersfield on Easter Monday, after picking up a creditable draw at home to Bournemouth three days earlier. Prior to Easter The Tractor Boys had won consecutive games against Bolton and Watford. 

Previous Meetings
Blackpool's first match under the stewardship of Clark in November ended in defeat at the hands of Ipswich. A goal in each half sealed a 2-0 victory for the visitors. At Portman Road last season the two sides played out a drab 0-0 draw.

Around The Championship
Wigan meet Fulham on Friday evening, while league leaders Bournemouth travel to Brighton.

On Saturday Derby and Brentford clash in a battle for the top six, and Millwall vs Watford could have a say at both ends of the table.

Brighton vs Bournemouth (19:45 Friday)
Fulham vs Wigan (20:00 Friday)
Derby v Brentford (12:15 Saturday)
Birmingham vs Wolves
Bolton vs Norwich
Leeds vs Cardiff 
Middlesbrough v Rotherham 
Millwall v Watford
Nottm Forest v Huddersfield
Reading v Blackburn
Sheff Wed v Charlton

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