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In Focus: Ipswich Town

16 February 2018

Norwich City will look the extend their unbeaten run in the East Anglian derby to ten matches when Ipswich Town visit Carrow Road on Sunday (12pm).

Both sides are locked at 44 points each in the Sky Bet Championship table with Town above City on goal difference.

Here’s our guide to Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich:

January signings
Ipswich had a productive January transfer window, bringing in five new players in the hope of improving their squad and therefore mounting a late push for the play-offs.

McCarthy added Championship stalwarts Mustapha Carayol (pictured) and Stephen Gleeson to his group on free transfers.

Carayol has spent the past five seasons in the second tier at Middlesbrough, Brighton, Huddersfield, Leeds and Nottingham Forest and he joined Ipswich after his contract was terminated at the City Ground last month.

Like Carayol, Gleeson brings a wealth of experience at this level having spent the four years at Birmingham City.

Meanwhile, youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers joined on loan from Tottenham Hotspur having previously spent time at Sheffield United this season. Irish duo Aaron Drinan and Barry Cotter both joined from the League of Ireland.

Form guide
Ipswich endured a miserable festive period, going winless through their four matches, losing three of them.

Their results have picked up slightly since the New Year but overall, they’ve only won two of their last nine league games.

On January 13, they picked up their first win in five with a 1-0 victory over an out-of-sorts Leeds United at Portman Road, who had Eunan O’Kane sent off in the first half.

A draw at Bolton followed before a home defeat against runaway league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers to round off January.

Ipswich began February with a 2-0 win over Sunderland before a disappointing goalless draw at home to Burton Albion left them in 12th position and eight points off the play-offs.

Previous meeting
City continued their rich recent form in the East Anglian derby with a 1-0 victory at Portman Road in October.

In a closely-fought contest, James Maddison’s second-half strike gave City the points as he found the corner of Bartosz Bialkowski’s net with a precise finish.

The win moved City up into the play-off positions – as for Town, the loss was their fourth in five matches.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Dean Gerken, Michael Crowe, Bartosz Bialkowski

Defenders: Dominic Iorfa, Jonas Knudsen, Luke Chamber, Adam Webster, Jordan Spence, Callum Connolly, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Myles Kenlock, Barry Cotter

Midfielders: Teddy Bishop, Cole Skuse, Bersant Celina, Tom Adeyemi, Grant Ward, Luke Hyam, Tristan Nydam, Andre Dozzell, Stephen Gleeson, Kevin Bru, Mustapha Carayol, Emyr Huws

Forwards: Martyn Waghorn, David McGoldrick, Joe Garner, Freddie Sears, Aaron Drinan

Coral are offering odds of 4/6 for a City win on Sunday. To make your bet, click HERE.


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