Team news, betting, form and everything else you need to know ahead of Ipswich v Wolves
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A full guide to Ipswich Town’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship this Saturday.
When and where?
Saturday, 3pm at Portman Road
What’s the team news?
David McGoldrick remains sidelined with the groin injury which kept him out of the visit to Rotherham, but there are no new injury worries for manager Mick McCarthy. Luke Hyam was involved for the development side as he steps up his comeback from knee toruble.
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For the visitors, Carl Ikeme should start in goal, while Nathan Byrne could come in for Sheyi Ojo. Adam Le Fondre could start after scoring twice in a friendly with Liverpool this week.
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Kenny Jackett is a seasoned campaigner in the second tier, but began his Wolves tenure in League One and took the Molineux men straight up as champions in his first season in charge. Once in the Championship they quickly started challenging at the top end and only narrowly missed out on the play-offs.
How have they been getting on so far this season?
Wolves currently sit 14th but maybe could have expected better following their strong end to last season. A run of one win in their last six hasn’t helped matters and they’ve failed to score in their last two.
Who has the best record in this fixture?
These two have met 77 times, all in all, with just two wins in it. The Blues edge the head-to-head with 29 victories to Wolves’ 27, with the other 21 ending in draws. The visitors have won two of their last three visits to Suffolk.
What happened when they met last season?
Ipswich came out best in this fixture, as Daryl Murphy scored twice to claim a 2-1 win in November, but they played out a real crunch fixture in April as both sides chased the play-offs. The game at Molineux ended 1-1, but it was the Blues who came away the happier as Wolves play-off dream looked to have ended.
Who is the ref?
Gavin Ward takes charge of this one, having taken charge of two Ipswich games last season. First up was the 2-0 loss at Rotherham in February, before the 3-1 home win over Cardiff in April. He’s refereed 12 games this season and has shown 37 yellow cards, as well as one red.
Who is the Wolves danger man?
It’s all about the strikers for Wanderers, who are all very dangerous on their day. Benik Afobe is the leading scorer with six this season, with Nouha Dicko yet to get off the mark but still a player who needs to be watched. Adam Le Fondre and some guy called Grant Holt have caused the Blues trouble in the past.
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?
There will be a minute’s silence prior to the game in memory of the victims in Paris and former keeper Marton Fulop, while there is also set to be a minute’s applause after 21 minutes in memory of the goalkeeper.