Ipswich Town v Huddersfield Town

30 Sep

Luke Varney

Luke Varney has one goal in six games for Ipswich this season

BBC coverage

How to follow:
Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Ipswich Town expect to have forward Luke Varney back for the visit of leaders Huddersfield following a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Johnny Williams is closing in on a return, but is not expected to feature on Saturday.

Terriers winger Rajiv van la Parra is available after suspension, meaning Sean Scannell might miss out.

Defenders Mark Hudson and Chris Lowe also return after one-game bans, with Joe Lolley the only absentee.

BBC Radio Suffolk’s Graeme McLoughlin:

“I imagine that the mood among the majority of Ipswich and Huddersfield supporters is poles apart right now.

“Although the Blues’ goal drought continued on Tuesday, manger Mick McCarthy said he was pleased with his team’s point and performance against Brighton, adding to the frustration of many home fans.

“Right-back Josh Emmanuel was one of few bright sparks in the week, and striker Leon Best will be better for his first start for the club.

“Fans who are desperate for more entertainment at Portman Road, will be pleased with the inclusion of Teddy Bishop from the start for this one, if the young midfielder is given the nod.”

Match facts

  • Ipswich have won four and lost none of their last seven home league matches against Huddersfield.
  • Huddersfield kept a clean sheet in their last visit to Portman Road, ending a run 18 league games without one.
  • The Tractor Boys are looking to keep four consecutive home clean sheets in the league for the first time since March 2014.
  • Only seven of Huddersfield’s 22 points so far have been secured in away games.
  • Since putting four past Barnsley on opening day, Ipswich have scored just four more times in their other nine Championship games this season.


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