Match preview: Ipswich Town v Brighton
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Tomorrow sees the battle of the Championship’s in-form wingers, as leaders Ipswich Town host second-top Brighton.
Both Ryan Fraser and the Seagulls’ Kazenga LuaLua have scored twice in the league and once in the Capital One Cup this season as their teams have got off to flying starts.
LuaLua scored winners in Albion’s home games against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn, and also clinched victory at Southend in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Fraser, like LuaLua against Forest, scored on the opening day, at Brentford, and also netted a stunner in last week’s win at Preston, before netting the fourth at Doncaster, in midweek.
Former Ipswich loanee David Stockdale is expected to start between the sticks for Brighton, who could leapfrog Town at the top of the table with victory, and he will line-up alongside a host of new faces.
Centre-back Uwe Hunemeir, a summer signing from German outfit FC Paderborn, has played three games this season.
His place could be under-threat though from Lewis Dunk, the £5m-rated defender is back in the picture at The AMEX, after signing a new five-year deal to fend off Fulham.
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Cameroon left-back Gaeten Bong spent time at Wigan last season, having also played for Olympiakos and Valenciennes.
In midfield, Jamie Murphy netted 12 goals for League Sheffield United last summer, while Israeli midfielder Baram Kayal joined the Gulls this summer, after leaving Celtic.
LuaLua is Brighton’s match-winner right now, but is also be expected to create chances for Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed, the Israeli scoring eight goals for Almeria last season.
As for Town, Mick McCarthy is expected to bring back the big guns for the clash, with Josh Emmanuel, Myles Kenlock, Josh Yorwerth, Larsen Toure, Giles Coke, Adam McDonnell, Jay Tabb and possibly Brett Pitman making way for Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra, Jonas Knudsen, Fraser, Cole Skuse, Jonathan Douglas, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Freddie Sears respectively.