Norwich v Ipswich predicted lineups and match preview

The scene is set for the biggest East Anglian derby in recent history when Norwich City face Ipswich Town in the second-leg of the play-off semi final.

To be played on Saturday 16th May 2015 at 12:15. Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich

Odds: Norwich 4/5, Draw 27/10, Ipswich 4/1

It’s all up for grabs in the biggest East Anglian derby in years after a 1-1 draw in the first-leg of Norwich City's play-off clash with arch-rivals Ipswich Town set up a massive winner takes all encounter.

The first meeting was a tight affair and Norwich edged an advantage in the first-half when Cameron Jerome outmuscled Tommy Smith and played the ball to Jonny Howson, who placed it calmly into the net.

Substitute Paul Anderson – who replaced Luke Varney due to a ruptured Achilles tendon – levelled the scores just before the break to leave the contest all square heading into Sunday’s crucial second-leg.

The result gives Mick McCarthy’s side something to build on after losing both of their league games against Norwich this season.

Ipswich have only won one of their last six games at Carrow Road, with the last victory coming nine years ago in February 2006, with two losses and three Norwich wins seen since then.

Varney remains McCarthy’s only injury concern going into the match, with the 32-year-old ruled out for six months. Anderson is the most likely candidate to replace him and could be the only change for Ipswich.

Alex Neil is still without Lewis Grabban, who is serving his final game of a three match ban, otherwise the Scot has a full squad at his disposal, with Wes Hoolahan a possibility to start ahead of Nathan Redmond.

Norwich predicted lineup

  • John Ruddy
  • Sebastien Bassong
  • Russell Martin
  • Martin Olsson
  • Steven Whittaker
  • Graham Dorrans
  • Wes Hoolahan
  • Bradley Johnson
  • Jonny Howson
  • Alexander Tettey
  • Cameron Jerome

“You want to be part of these big days; you want to make sure you don’t fall at the final hurdle. This hurdle for us is the one we need to overcome to make sure we get to the final and ultimately get to Wembley.”
Alex Neil

Ipswich predicted lineup

  • Bartosz Bialkowski
  • Christophe Berra
  • Luke Chambers
  • Tyrone Mings
  • Tommy Smith
  • Paul Anderson
  • Kevin Bru
  • Cole Skuse
  • Teddy Bishop
  • Daryl Murphy
  • Freddie Sears

“I think we can go there and win, of course. I might as well not bother, I might as well not be sat here, I might as well not turn up for work in the morning if I didn’t think we could. “Reasons why? Because we played really well last week. There was nothing between us on that performance.”
Mick McCarthy


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