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Big Match Preview: Ipswich Town away

Having extended their unbeaten run to ten in all competitions, Lee Johnson’s side will travel to Portman Road in confident spirits, looking for their first win in Suffolk since 1978.

Meanwhile, Mick McCarthy’s team have dropped just three points at home this term, and fresh off the back of a 5-2 win over Sunderland in midweek, they will prove a tough outfit to crack.

Here’s a look at tomorrow’s opponents.

FACTFILE

Formed: 1878
Nickname: The Tractor Boys
Website: www.itfc.co.uk
Twitter: Official_ITFC
Ground: Portman Road
Capacity: 30,311

Honours
Football League Champions
1961/62
Football League First Division 1999/2000
Football League Second Division 1960/61, 1967/68, 1991/92
FA Cup 1977/78
UEFA Cup 1980/81

Last season
League finish:
16th
FA Cup: Third round, lost to Lincoln City
EFL Cup: First round, lost to Stevenage
Top scorer: Tom Lawrence, nine goals
Average attendance: 16,981

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

The Tractor Boys endured a frustrating season last term, finishing a place ahead of City in 16th, four points above the dreaded drop.

Despite some fans making their feelings known, the Town board stuck by their experienced boss Mick McCarthy, whose side look a completely different outfit this time round.

The Suffolk side have enjoyed a successful start to the campaign, winning their opening five games in all competitions.

Since then, a Carabao Cup defeat at Crystal Palace triggered a dip in form, where they’ve secured six points from a possible 15.

Portman Road has been made into a fortress this season though, picking up maximum points in all but one match - a defeat to the much-fancied Fulham.

MICK McCARTHY IS THE LONGESTER SERVING MANAGER IN THE SECOND TIER

MEET THE GAFFER – MICK McCARTHY

McCarthy took over the reins at Portman Road in 2012, replacing former boss Paul Jewell, and is currently the longest-serving manager in the Sky Bet Championship.

The former Manchester City defender is vastly experienced in the game, after enjoying successful spells in charge at Millwall, Sunderland and Wolves, leading the latter two into the Premier League as Championship winners.

The Republic of Ireland international also had a spell as manager of his country, helping the Green Army qualify for the World Cup in 2002, where they were narrowly beaten on penalties by Spain in the knockout stages.

McCarthy agreed a new contract at Portman Road in January 2016, keeping him at Town until 2018, and he will be hoping to return to the heights of the 2014/15 season when he guided the club into the play-offs.

MARTYN WAGHORN ALREADY HAS FIVE GOALS THIS SEASON

STAR MAN – MARTYN WAGHORN

Waghorn left Rangers to move south of the border in the summer, penning a two-year deal at Portman Road.

The 27-year-old began his career at Sunderland, before enjoying spells at Leicester City and Wigan Athletic.

He joined Rangers in 2015 and scored 44 goals in all competitions, helping the Gers to the Scottish Championship title in 2016.

Since arriving in the Sky Bet Championship, Waghorn has bagged five goals in eight outings, becoming an immediate hit with the fanbase.

His vision, ability on the ball and eye for goals makes him a real threat, and he will certainly be a key figure in Ipswich’s side this campaign.

MARVIN ELLIOTT SCORES THE OPENING GOAL IN A 2-0 WIN

MEMORABLE MEETING 2007/08

Bristol City 2-0 Ipswich Town

Bristol City exacted revenge on Ipswich Town, less than a month after being thumped 6-0 at Portman Road.

Marvin Elliott set the ball rolling in the fifth minute with a stunning 30-yard effort that beat goalkeeper Neil Alexander into the bottom corner.

The decisive second came from the penalty spot as Bradley Orr - red–carded in the Suffolk drubbing – slotted home from 12 yards after Ivan Sproule’s cross had been handled by Alex Bruce.

Prolific Town couldn’t find a way past City’s stopper Adriano Basso, despite the best efforts of Pablo Counago and Owen Garvan late in the day.

Bristol City: Basso, Orr, Carey, Fontaine, McCombe, Sproule (Skuse 81), Johnson, Elliott, McIndoe, Noble (Trundle 65), Showunmi (Byfield 74). Subs Not Used: Weale, McAllister.

Ipswich: Alexander, Wright, De Vos, Bruce (Wilnis 75), Harding, Walters, Garvan, Legwinski (Counago 55), Roberts (Haynes 79), Williams, Lee. Subs Not Used: Supple, Trotter.

Attendance: 14,062

AND FINALLY...

Officials
Simon Hooper
Robert Hyde and Adam Crysell
Fourth Official: Lee Collins

Betting (via SkyBet)
Ipswich 2/1
Draw 12/5
City 13/10