Ipswich Town v Stevenage: Everything you need to know
Take a look at our handy guide to Ipswich Town’s home cup clash with Stevenage, including all the information you need to know.
Portman Road, 7.45pm on Tuesday night.
Are there still tickets available?
Oh yes, there will be plenty to choose from for this game. Season ticket holders need to purchase tickets for this game, which are priced at £12 for adults, £8 concessions and £3 for juniors. Tickets are available on the night.
What are the likely line-ups?
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Ipswich: Gerken; Chambers, Yorwerth, Berra, Kenlock; Coke, Douglas, Tabb, Toure; Pitman, McGoldrick.
Stevenage: Day; Franks, Hughes, Wells, Okimo; Schumacher, Parrett, Akinyemi, Lee; Conlon, Williams.
Which players are missing?
Only Luke Chambers remains from the Ipswich team which drew 2-2 at Brentford on Saturday, so the likes of Tommy Smith, Cole Skuse, Ainsley-Maitland Niles and Daryl Murphy are all out. Jonny Parr is still out with a thigh injury while Teddy Bishop is missing with hamstring trouble. For the visitors, Tom Hitchcock is suspended as a result of the red card he picked up on the opening day of the season.
Who is their manager?
You might have heard of the Stevenage boss, who is none other than former England international Teddy Sheringham. He earned 51 caps for his country, scoring 11 times, with his most memorable moment as a player probably being his dramatic equaliser for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final. After finishing his playing career at Colchester he began coaching West Ham’s strikers, before going out on his own to take over at Stevenage this summer.
How did they get on on the opening day?
It wasn’t the best of starts for Teddy, as his side went down 2-0 to Notts County on the opening day. Curtis Thompson and Mawouna Amevor scored the goals for the Meadow Lane side before each side had a player sent off in stoppage time.
Who has the best record in this fixture?
The two teams have only ever met once, with the game in 2013 going the way of the lower league side. It was a tough night for Ipswich as Filipe Morais and Jordan Burrow scored the goals in a 2-0 home win which saw the Blues exit the cup at this same stage.
Who is the ref?
There’s a good omen for Ipswich fans, as Fred Graham takes charge of this game having never overseen a Town loss in the 11 Blues games he has been in charge of. In that time there have been nine wins for the Suffolk side and two draws.
What’s the key battle on the pitch?
On the evidence of Saturday’s draw with Brentford, Town need to defend long balls over the top and at set pieces a little better. As a result, how the Ipswich defence cope with big striker Brett Williams will be key, especially given Josh Yorwerth is making his debut.
What are the bookies saying?
Ipswich are of course favourites for this game, although their recent record in this competition suggests they maybe shouldn’t be, with Bet365 having Town at 8/15. The draw is 14/5 while a Stevenage win is priced at 11/2.
Anything else worth knowing?
When Stevenage were formed in 1976 they were known as ‘Stevenage Borough’, but dropped that title in 2010 to become Stevenage FC. The reason for this was to make a distinction between the club’s long spell in non-league football, after they were finally promoted to the Football League that year.