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Match Preview: Ipswich v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

11 December 2020

Ipswich v Pompey

You do not have to cast your mind back too far to find the last time Pompey made the trip to Ipswich.

It was just five weeks ago when the Blues won a dramatic Portman Road contest to reach the second round of the FA Cup.

Sean Raggett was somehow not flagged offside and scored an extra-time winner after the hosts had fought back from two goals two.

But both sides would freely admit that there is a bigger prize at stake on Saturday – three precious League One points.

They are currently sitting side-by-side in the standings, with the Tractor Boys one place higher in third spot.

But Ipswich had only been victorious in one of five successive league matches before last weekend’s come-from-behind triumph at Plymouth.

And they have yet to draw on their own patch this season, securing six wins and being beaten just twice.

Those two losses did come in their most recent fixtures in Suffolk, however, with Hull (3-0) and Charlton (2-0) both escaping with a maximum haul.

The Covid-19 pandemic ensured there was only one league meeting between the sides last season, with Ronan Curtis netting the Pompey winner 12 months ago.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have a fully-fit squad to select from, with Michael Jacobs returning to full training at the start of the week.

Ipswich are without Teddy Bishop (ankle), Flynn Downes (knee), Aaron Drinan (thigh), Liam Gibbs (hamstring) and Freddie Sears (hamstring).

Kane Vincent-Young is working his way back to fitness following an Achilles injury, but Saturday’s game probably comes too soon for the defender.

Oli Hawkins could come up against his former club, with the striker coming off the bench at Plymouth last week.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ryan Williams ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 14 wins
Ipswich: 19 wins
12 draws

At Portman Road
Pompey: 9 wins
Ipswich: 9 wins
5 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and Darren Blunden
Fourth Official: Sam Purkiss

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK can watch the action live – with graphics, commentary and replays – by purchasing a match pass for £10.

Subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm.

Please note that subscribers based in the UK and Ireland will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

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We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 6/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/4.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday's game. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm

Blackpool v Oxford
Bristol Rovers v Plymouth
Charlton v AFC Wimbledon
Crewe v Northampton
Doncaster v Gillingham
Hull v Shrewsbury
Lincoln v Sunderland
MK Dons v Burton
Peterborough v Rochdale
Swindon v Fleetwood
Wigan v Accrington

LAST MEETING


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