To be played on Saturday 25th April 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Portman Road, Ipswich
Odds: Ipswich 8/13, Draw 3/1, Forest 4/1
Mick McCarthy’s men sit sixth in the Championship table at present, three points clear of Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers with only six left to play for.
Were they to see off Forest on home soil this weekend, while those directly below them fail to collect maximum points from meetings with Reading and Wigan Athletic respectively, then a shot at promotion back to the Premier League would be secured.
A superior goal difference is also working in Ipswich’s favour at present, while they have suffered just one defeat in seven at the business end of the season.
In Daryl Murphy they boast the division’s top marksman, with 24 goals to his name, while a rejuvenated Freddie Sears has netted eight times in his last 19 appearances.
Forest, meanwhile, have lost four of their last five and are stumbling their way towards the summer.
They have gone six games without a clean sheet – conceding 14 times during that run – and are now in danger of slipping out of the top-half before the season comes to a close.
There is clearly work for Dougie Freedman to do at the City Ground, fresh from penning a two-year contract extension, with it up to Scot to turn promise into something more tangible.
Injuries have undoubtedly played their part in the Reds’ struggles for consistency, so they will be looking forward to closing the 2014/15 campaign down and building during pre-season towards a brighter future.
- Bartosz Bialkowski
- Christophe Berra
- Luke Chambers
- Tyrone Mings
- Tommy Smith
- Paul Anderson
- Cole Skuse
- Jay Tabb
- Teddy Bishop
- Daryl Murphy
- Freddie Sears
“There’s still a hell of a long way to go yet and we’ve got a very difficult game against Nottingham Forest to get through yet, before then facing Blackburn on the final day. Then we can start looking at the Play-Offs, should we make it that far.”
- Karl Darlow
- Daniel Fox
- Jack Hobbs
- Jamaal Lascelles
- Eric Lichaj
- Michail Antonio
- Gary Gardner
- Henri Lansbury
- David Vaughan
- Modou Barrow
- Dexter Blackstock
“There’s no way I’ll be going down there and taking it easy. For any travelling fans, I’m telling them to expect a tough game, but one which we’ll put everything we have into winning.”
Jonathan Williams ★★★ out Groin
Noel Hunt ★★★ out Knee
Luke Hyam ★★★ out Knee
Kelvin Wilson ★★★ out Suspended
Britt Assombalonga ★★★ out Knee
Chris Cohen ★★★ out Knee
Andy Reid ★★★ out Groin