TV coverage, team news, betting, referees and everything else you need to know ahead of Ipswich Town’s trip to Charlton

Tommy Smith celebrates his goal against Charlton last December

Tommy Smith celebrates his goal against Charlton last December - Credit: Archant

Our bite-sized guide to Ipswich Town’s televised trip to Charlton Athletic.

Ipswich Town entertain Charlton Athletic at Portman Road on New Year's Day, 2014

Ipswich Town entertain Charlton Athletic at Portman Road on New Year's Day, 2014 - Credit: Archant

When and where?

Saturday, 12.30pm at The Valley. The game is live on Sky Sports 5, with their coverage kicking off at 12pm.

What’s the team news?

Still no David McGoldrick or Teddy Bishop for the Blues as both work back to full fitness, but Ryan Fraser is back in training and is making progress. For Charlton, Chris Solly and El-Hadji Ba are beack but Ahmed Kashi, Cristian Ceballos and Igor Vetokele are out.

Who is their manager?

Short answer is, they don’t have one at the moment. Karel Fraeye is in temporary charge following the departure of Guy Luzon last month who only joined the club in January, as a replacement for Bob Peeters.

Guy Luzon left Charlton last month

Guy Luzon left Charlton last month - Credit: PA WIRE

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How have they been getting on so far this season?

It has been a struggle, hence Luzon’s departure, but the Addicks have won their last two heading into the televised clash with the Blues. Prior to that, though, they were winless in 12 which sees them currently sit 20th.

Who has the best record in this fixture?

The teams have met 50 times so far with Ipswich the series leader on 22 wins compared to the 18 picked up by Charlton. Town have won their last three visits to The Valley, each by a single goal, and will be hopeful of doing the same again tomorrow.

What happened when they met last season?

Do you really need reminding? The two sides met twice within the space of a month at the end of last year, with the game in London ending dramatically as Noel Hunt fired home a winner, deep, deep into stoppage time. It was much more routine at Portman Road, as goals from Tommy Smith, Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick secured a 3-0 win.

The photographer's view of the last gasp winner scored by Noel Hunt at Charlton on Saturday

The photographer's view of the last gasp winner scored by Noel Hunt at Charlton on Saturday

Who is the ref?

Scott Duncan has refereed this fixture before, when the Blues won 1-0 at The Valley in 2013 thanks to an early Tommy Smith goal. He also took charge of the Blues earlier this season, in their 4-1 extra-time win at Doncaster in the Capital One Cup.

Who are the Charlton danger men?

Johann Berg Gudmundsson impressed during his first Championship season in 2014/15, clattering in a series of long range goals as he managed 11 from midfield. He’s only scored two this season but is still a threat, along with the likes of Ricardo Vaz Te and the highly rated Ademola Lookman.

What are the bookies saying?

The Blues are once again favourites at 6/5 with Wolves coming in at 9/4 and the draw 12/5. Daryl Murphy to repeat the trick and score a treble is 80/1 and if you want to go the whole hog and back a repeat of the 5-2 win at Rotherham, that’s 200/1.

Anything else worth knowing?

The Charlton fans aren’t happy. They’re planning a protest two minutes into the game against the running of their club, with the second minute representing the ‘two per cent’ of supporters owner Roland Duchatelet believes are unhappy with how things are going.

Get involved in all the discussion ahead of tomorrow’s game with Match Centre. Live updates begin tomorrow at 11am.

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