To be played on Saturday 7th March 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Portman Road, Ipswich
Odds: Ipswich 11/10, Draw 12/5, Brentford 12/5
Ipswich Town slipped to their first back-to-back defeats of the season when they lost against Leeds United at Elland Road on Wednesday night, falling to seventh in the table.
Brentford have replaced them in the play-off places after an emphatic 4-1 against Huddersfield Town saw them go one point in front of their weekend hosts.
A win for Mick McCarthy’s out of form Ipswich would see them regain their place in the top six, while losing could see them cut adrift by four points.
Ipswich won the Boxing Day meeting between the two sides 4-2 thanks to a Daryl Murphy double and goals from Paul Anderson and Tommy Smith, while Sam Saunders scored both goals for the Bees.
Brentford haven’t won at Portman Road in any of their last four visits dating back to March 1956, losing on three occasions and drawing the first meeting.
McCarthy confirmed after the defeat again Leeds that Murphy and Freddie Sears will both start the game after being named on the bench at Elland Road. He may also decide on a change of goalkeepers, with Bartosz Bialkowski lacking confidence between the sticks.
Kevin Bru will miss the game due to a twisted knee suffered against Leeds but Teddy Bishop returns to the squad and could feature from the start.
Mark Warburton has no fresh injury problems ahead of the game and told the Brentford club website that he has a full squad to pick from.
He said: "The squad is in good shape and I have a few problems between now and Saturday."
- Christophe Berra
- Luke Chambers
- Tyrone Mings
- Tommy Smith
- Paul Anderson
- Richard Chaplow
- Cole Skuse
- Jay Tabb
- Teddy Bishop
- Daryl Murphy
- Freddie Sears
“Every game is a big game when you get to this stage of the season and we’ll be looking to put right things that have gone a little bit wrong in the last couple of games at Norwich and Leeds. It’s going to be tough and every game is going to be an important one for us.”
- David Button
- Jake Bidwell
- Liam Moore
- James Tarkowski
- Toumani Diagouraga
- Jonathan Douglas
- Moses Odubajo
- Alex Pritchard
- Jon-Miquel Toral
- Chris Long
“They have a very talented squad, extremely well managed by Mick McCarthy, who has vast experience.”
Kevin Bru ★★★ out twisted knee
Stephen Hunt ★★★ out hamstring
Darren Ambrose ★★★ out hamstring
Luke Hyam ★★★ out knee
Noel Hunt ★★★ out knee