Ipswich Town v Preston North End

Teddy Bishop

Teddy Bishop has made five appearances for Ipswich Town this season

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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy could start Teddy Bishop in place of Kevin Bru for their Championship game against Preston North End.

Trialist Leon Best is unlikely to play, even if he signs for the club prior to the beginning of the game.

Anders Lindegaard, Jermaine Beckford, Paul Gallagher and Bailey Wright did not feature in Preston’s EFL Cup game against Oldham on Tuesday.

Ben Pringle is doubtful after he came off with an ankle problem in the win.


BBC Radio Suffolk’s Graeme McLoughlin:

“Ipswich Town can take plenty of positives from Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City in the East Anglian derby. After having a goal wrongly ruled out for offside and then conceding against the run of play, a Blues side of previous seasons might have folded.

“However, Ipswich came through a tricky part of the match with flying colours to deservedly claim a point on the day, and in the second half there was real cause for optimism, particularly in the way Grant Ward and Teddy Bishop linked up in midfield.

“Brett Pitman is again pushing for a starting berth but might have to settle for a place on the bench again.”

BBC Radio Lancashire’s Phil Cunliffe: “Preston North End have had some memorable wins at Portman Road, notably in the days when David Nugent dazzled and beguiled in a white shirt, and this looks an opportune time to be playing the Tractor Boys.

“Saturday’s thrilling win over QPR – the club’s 600th league victory away from Deepdale – has reaffirmed Simon Grayson’s belief that results would improve after a slow start.

“Even without the departed Joe Garner, North End have that steely look about them again and head to Suffolk looking for a third clean sheet in a week.

“Encouragingly, Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle have weighed in with goals and it wouldn’t surprise me if either, or both, were on the scoresheet again.”

Match facts

  • Ipswich’s Jonas Knudsen has made more interceptions than any other player in the Championship this season (24).
  • The Tractor Boys have lost only one of their last nine league games (W3 D5).
  • Preston have won four of their last seven away games in the Championship (D1 L2).
  • This is Preston’s lowest points return from the first four games of a league season since 2010-11 (3).

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