Everything you need to know ahead of Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday
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Take a look at our guide to Ipswich Town’s opening home game of the Championship season, at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
When and where?
Saturday, 3pm at Portman Road
What are the likely line-ups?
ITFC: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen, Maitland-Niles, Skuse, Douglas, Fraser, McGoldrick, Murphy.
Sheff Weds: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Looverns, Helan, Hutchinson, McGugan, Lopez, Wallace, Mathias, Nuhiu.
Which players are missing?
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For the Blues, Kevin Bru, Teddy Bishop and Luke Hyam are all out with a variety of injuries, with Hyam’s the most long-term. Jonny Parr is back in full training but may not be match fit for a return to action. Claude Dielna and Filipe Melo are missing for the visitors.
Who is their manager?
Carlos Carvalhal, eventually, took on the head coach role at Hillsborough this summer, having previously managed Besiktas, Sporting, Maritimo and Braga.
First of all he was supposed to be getting the manager’s job, then he was going to be director of football above Swindon boss Mark Cooper, before eventually becoming head coach.
How have they been getting on so far this season?
Mr Carvalhal has had a pretty decent start for Wednesday, with two wins and six goals in their two games so far.
They beat Bristol City 2-0 on the opening day before scoring four against Mansfield in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Who has the best record in this fixture?
Tomorrow’s game is the 46th meeting between the two sides and it’s all tied up at 17 wins each, with 11 draws.
What happened the last time the two teams met?
Ipswich had to do it the hard way in February, after Elliot Lee gave the visitors the lead, but Daryl Murphy’s 19th goal of the season and Luke Chambers’ headed goal were enough for all three points.
Who is the ref?
James Linington is in charge of this one. He took charge of the Blues three times last season and the Suffolk side didn’t lose any of them. He oversaw the 2-2 draw at Forest and home wins over Middlesbrough and Blackpool.
What’s the key battle on the pitch?
It’s difficult to say given the Owls have basically fielded different sides in each of their opening two games, but if big Austrian striker Atdhe Nuhiu gets the nod he will provide a thorough physical test for the Ipswich Town defence.
What are the bookies saying?
Ipswich are the favourites for this one at 21/20, with the draw 12/5 and an away win in at 5/2.
Anything else worth knowing?
There are plenty of Wednesday players you most likely will have never seen before, given they’ve brought in a host of players from overseas this summer. So let us know what you think of Marco Matias, Lucas Joao, Alex Lopez, Darryl Lachman, Vincent Sasso and Modou Sougou.