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