Ipswich Town v Birmingham City: Predicted line-ups, stats, match preview

To be played on Tuesday 24th February at 19:45. Venue: Portman Road, Ipswich.

Ipswich Town will look for a return to winning ways when they face Birmingham City, having lost to Reading at the weekend.

Odds: Ipswich 4/5, Draw 5/2, Birmingham 7/2

It was only the third time this season Ipswich have lost at home in The Championship as they look to end their 13 year stay in the second tier of English football.

The visitors to Portman Road also lost on Saturday, extending their winless run to seven games, five of which have been draws. Birmingham are also without an away win in the league since 28th December 2014 when they recorded a 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

Daryl Murphy has been an integral part of the Tractor Boy’s promotion push, contributing 21 goals this campaign, making the 31-year-old the leading goal scorer in The Championship.

Ipswich have relied on the Irishman’s goals and will hope his broken nose – which he is currently wearing a mask to protect – doesn’t effect his physical style of play, especially when it comes to heading the ball.

Clayton Donaldson has been the main source of goals for Gary Rowett’s Birmingham – scoring 11 – and will have to use his physical stature to get past a strong Ipswich Town defense.
  PositionTeamGoalsGoals OpenplayTotal Scoring AttAppearancesMins Played
Daryl Murphy FW Ipswich 21 16 112 30 2690
Clayton Donaldson FW Birmingham 11 10 70 32 2728
David Davis – who has been a prominent figure for Birmingham under Rowett – could be available for the trip to Suffolk along with Neil Eardley, but Koby Arthur and Michael Morrison will both miss out.

Mick McCarthy will be without David McGoldrick, Luke Hyam, Noel Hunt and Stephen Hunt but all the players who featured on Saturday are available.

Ipswich predicted line up:

Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Mings, Skuse, Bru, Tabb, Anderson, Murphy, Sears

Birmingham predicted line up:

Randolph, Grounds, Robinson, Spector, Caddis, Gleeson, Cotterill, Shinnie, Davis, Donaldson, Grey

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