Ipswich Town v Norwich City (Sun)

20 Aug

Mick McCarthy


Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich have taken four points from their first three Championship matches

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Norfolk and BBC Radio Suffolk; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Ipswich Town host Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby since Norwich’s Championship play-off semi-final win in May 2015.

The Canaries overcame their local rivals 4-2 on aggregate and eventually won promotion, but dropped out of the Premier League after just one season.

Striker Brett Pitman (thigh) may be fit but on-loan midfielder Conor Grant (groin) will not feature.

Jacob Murphy could return from a hamstring problem for unbeaten Norwich.

Analysis

BBC Radio Suffolk’s Graeme McLoughlin: “A clean sheet and a point from Tuesday’s trip to Wolves means Ipswich Town have at least stopped the rot ahead of what is easily their most important match of the month.

“Mick McCarthy is awaiting news on the fitness of Brett Pitman and Conor Grant, and if there are doubts over either, then he could name an unchanged line-up.

“That would mean derby debuts for Adam Webster, Jonas Knudsen, Jonathan Douglas and Grant Ward, with potentially more from the bench.

“Town’s style of play has been a gripe with a fair few supporters of late, but they will accept that it is all about the result on Sunday.”

BBC Radio Norfolk’s Chris Goreham: “Norwich City fans might not have fancied the idea of an East Anglian derby so early in the season when the fixture list came out and that relegation hangover was still biting hard.

“But the way the Canaries have started the season, taking seven points from three games, will have set a few yellow and green minds at rest.

“Norwich have looked committed to the Championship cause during the opening matches of the campaign and there’s been no sign of any sulking from players who were in the top flight last season. Alex Neil has made it clear that he wouldn’t stand for it.”

Match facts

  • Ipswich have not kept a clean sheet against Norwich in any of their last 16 meetings in all competitions.
  • The Canaries have won five of their last six games against fierce rivals Ipswich in all competitions (drawn one).
  • Since putting four past Barnsley on opening day, Ipswich have failed to score in the next two league fixtures.
  • The Canaries are looking to keep three successive clean sheets in the league for the first time since November 2012.
  • The Tractor Boys can win three consecutive league games at home for the first time since August 2015 (a run of five).
  • Wes Hoolahan has been directly involved in three of Norwich’s five league goals so far this season, scoring once and assisting two others.

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