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Ipswich Preview

Today sees Blues make the trip to Portman Road for their 58th fixture of the current campaign against Paul Jewell’s Ipswich Town. Blues need a win to further cement their place in the playoff spots whilst Ipswich are pretty much playing for pride, with neither promotion nor relegation within their reach.

Ipswich Town

Ipswich’s form of late is average at best, with one win and three draws giving them six points from their last eighteen available. However, they have been good at home with the recent defeat to Leicester being the first loss at home since the January 2 defeat to Nottingham Forest, nine games previously.

Keeper Richard Wright misses out again through injury and former Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard is also out with illness. Paul Jewell has promised that he will play schoolboy midfielder Byron Lawrence at some point in the remaining fixtures this season but it remains to be seen if the sixteen-year-old will get a bow against Blues.

Birmingham City

Blues have some major injury concerns going into this game, with Keith Fahey rejoining Guirane N’Daw, Jonathan Spector and Stephen Carr in the treatment room as his niggly groin injury flared up again in the Bristol City game. Boaz Myhill will miss out with a thumb injury meaning Doyle will once again deputise between the sticks and Jack Butland, freshly recalled from his loan spell at Cheltenham will be elevated to the Blues bench. With Jordon Mutch also very doubtful with an ankle knock Belgian u19 international Brice Ntambwe has been added to the squad and will travel although I personally doubt he will even make the bench.

With the playoff picture not quite finalised yet I think it’s more important Blues not lose this one than play for the win, and as such I fully expect Blues to play a 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1 formation; most probably with Huseklepp playing off the front man and Elliott asked to play a slightly deeper role than he is used to in the centre of midfield. Blues are in good form at the moment and it’s a shame that the injuries which looked like they were clearing up have come back to blight the team.

I can’t see Blues winning this one; Ipswich are decent at home and despite having nothing to play for I don’t think they’ll conveniently roll over and die for Blues on the pitch. I’d take a draw right now, coupled with no further injuries.

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8 Responses to “Ipswich Preview”

  • Julian Glass says:

    You’re satisfied with a draw when it’s probable we’ll get nothing from the Reading game (why should we be ant different from virtually all the other teams they’ve played since the New Year?)

  • Isaac Vivian Alexander says:

    Cheery little soul ain’t you, Jules? Why is it “probable” that we’ll get nothing from the Reading game, bearing mind they’ll almost certainly be already promoted by then and possibly already division champions as well? A point tonight would be a perfectly servicable result away from home, with the entire contents of our first-choice central midfield MIA. KRO

    • skareggae72 says:

      Its quite likely that Reading will be suffering from championship celebrations when we play them and hopefully it will be a meaningless game for us (due to a probable fourth place being confirmed) so we could have the luxury of resting,and could then play all these youth prospects everyone has been wanting to see.

  • DoctorD says:

    A draw is fine. Let’s put the knife into Brighton though, metaphorically speaking of course.

  • NooBloo says:

    Well to be honest I think Birmingham will win this at a canter because ipswich aint that good

  • Bluepenguin76 says:

    1-1 draw for me.

  • skareggae72 says:

    1-1 nice prediction,suits us nicely with relegated Donny putting up a decent display to hold Middlesbrough 0-0 at the Riverside.

    • DoctorD says:

      Yeah good result at Boro — they’re the only team who can catch us in the top six and they play Southampton next who’ll be desperate to beat them.

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