Keane predicts starring role for Town striker

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues manager Roy Keane today took out his crystal ball and predicted that striker Jason Scotland will score 15 to 20 goals this season.

“The problem will be to find someone who can add to his tally and score the goals we need to make it a successful season,” said Keane.

Scotland is expected to keep his place up front on his own for tonight’s Championship game against Watford at Vicarage Road with the Blues not having beaten the Hornets since Dean Bowditch netted a hat-trick in March 2004.

David Norris is due to return and skipper the side and push forward to give Scotland support and capitalise on crosses from the Ipswich wide players as Town keep to a 4-1-4-1 system.

“Jason has four goals in eight starts, and if he keeps that up it will be fine,” said Keane.

“But he’s our only goal threat at the moment and he needs a hand.

“I’d be surprised if Jason doesn’t score 15 to 20 goals, but he might need a better service.”

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Keane is expecting a tough game against a team one place above them in the table but beaten 3-2 at Portsmouth at the weekend.

“In my time at Ipswich I can’t recall one game were we felt confident of winning all through the game.

“And Watford have a good manager in Malky Mackay and good energy – and they score goals.

“Their away form has helped them get where they are, but we know it will be tough and we have to be pleased that we’re hanging on to the coat tails of the top six when not scoring enough goals.”

Tonight’s likely squads

Watford: Loach, Doyley, Taylor, Mariaapa, Eustace, McGinn, Mutch, Buckley, Graham, Sordell, Bryan, Walker, Bennett, Hodson, Bond, Deeney, Gilmartin, Cowie.

Ipswich Town: Fulop, Murphy, Eastman, Peters, McAuley, Smith, Delaney, O’Connor, Brown, Hyam, Edwards, Leadbitter, Norris, Livermore, Townsend, Scotland, Priskin, Wickham, Colback.

Referee: Mr P Miller (Bedfordshire)

Ipswich league record at Watford

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