Unlucky numbers, betting, team news, history and everything else you need to know ahead of Leeds v Ipswich

Chris Wood closes down at Leeds last season

Chris Wood closes down at Leeds last season

Take a look at our guide to Ipswich Town’s trip to Elland Road to take on Leeds United.

When and where?

Tuesday, 7.45pm at Elland Road

What’s the team news?

Mick McCarthy looks set to keep faith with Dean Gerken in goal, following Friday night’s heavy loss at Reading, while Freddie Sears is an injury doubt due to hamstring trouble. See here for the full story.

Who is their manager?

Uwe Rosler is the latest man to work under Massimo Cellino at Elland Road, recently stating their manager is ‘like a marriage’.

How have they been getting on so far this season?

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It’s been pretty good for the German so far, with Leeds having won one and drawn the other five of his six league games in charge so far. That win came at Pride Park, as the whites beat Derby 2-1 thanks to goals from Tom Adeyemi and former Blue Chris Wood.

Who has the best record in this fixture?

Leeds have a narrow edge in the history of this fixture, having won 30 of the 75 clashes compared to Town’s 25.

What happened last time they met?

All three goals came in the space of six second-half minutes, when the two sides met in Yorkshire in March, with strikes from Alex Mowatt and Billy Sharp securing the win for the hosts either side of a goal from Freddie Sears.

Who is the ref?

James Adcock takes charge of this one.

Last time he took charge of an Ipswich game he sent off Matt Kilgallon during the 1-1 draw with Blackburn at Portman Road in October last year. He also was the man in the middle when these two sides met at Portman Road in March 2013, when a brace from David McGoldrick and a goal from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas secured a 3-0 win for the Blues. He also sent off Leeds man Tom Lees.

What’s the key battle on the pitch?

The centre of midfield has come into focus for Ipswich Town in recent weeks, meaning McCarthy’s pairing, most recently Cole Skuse and Jonathan Douglas, will have to stand up to the Leeds duo of Mowatt and Adeyemi if they are to get anything.

What are the bookies saying?

The hosts are the favourites for this one at 8/5, with Town 15/8 and the draw 12/5. Former Blue Wood is the favourite to open the scoring at 6/1, with both teams to score at 8/11.

Anything else worth knowing?

There is currently no number 17 in the Leeds squad because chairman Massimo Cellino believes it to be unlucky. One of his many quirks.

You can follow tonight’s game with live updates through our Match Centre.

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