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Preview: Ipswich Town (A)

5 February 2021

Blackpool are back on the road this weekend, in a long trip to Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town.

The Seasiders will be looking to make it three wins on the spin with a victory, after securing back-to-back league wins and clean sheets over Wigan Athletic and Northampton Town in their previous two matches.

Goals from Marvin Ekpiteta and Jerry Yates on Tuesday evening secured a hard-fought victory over Northampton Town.

Ipswich have won just one of their last five matches and have lost their last three matches at home. Saturday’s game marks the start of a busy period for the Tractor Boys, with a match every four days for them until the middle of March.

Saturday’s match marks the start of the second half of the season for both sides, with just two points separating each other after 23 games. Ipswich lie in 11th place on 36 points, with Blackpool in 12th on 34. A win on Saturday would see the Seasiders climb above Ipswich and close the gap even further on the play-off places.

Team News:

Neil Critchley is hopeful a few members of the squad can return to the side, with several players missing through injury on Tuesday evening. Keshi Anderson and CJ Hamilton remain sidelined, though new signing Elliot Embleton could make his debut at the weekend.

Full-back Kane Vincent Young has been ruled out for the hosts after suffering an injury setback earlier in the week. Deadline Day signings Troy Parrott and Luke Matheson could be in line for their debuts.

Last Time We Met:

Neil Critchley’s men will be looking to make amends from the reverse fixture, with Ipswich claiming all three points at Bloomfield Road back in October in a 4-1 win.

The Seasiders took a point back home in the last visit to Portman Road in November 2019, thanks to a 2-2 draw.

The Key Player: Gwion Edwards

27-year-old Gwion Edwards has five goals and three assists to his name so far this season. The wide-man joined Ipswich for an undisclosed fee from Peterborough United in 2018, and has since gone on to make 83 appearances for Ipswich. The former Swansea man scored two at Bloomfield Road back in October.

Neil Critchley:

“It should be a really good football match. They’ve got some excellent players and are well coached, and we felt the full force of that in the match at Bloomfield Road earlier in the season. They’re not quite in the same moment as they were back then, but that’s not to say they won’t get back there soon. We know what a tough task we have this weekend.”

Watch The Match Live:

The match at Portman Road is available to watch live on iFollow.

Supporters can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off for the game is 3pm.

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