Banner image

Preview: Bristol City v Ipswich Town

Bristol City v Ipswich Town
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Saturday, February 13th (3pm)

Tickets SOLD OUT

New Head Coach Lee Johnson takes charge of Bristol City for the first time this Saturday as Ipswich Town are the visitors to Ashton Gate (3pm).

All the key information on Ipswich can be found below.

After ten matches without a win stretching from the end of August to the beginning of November, Ipswich sank to their lowest place of the season (14th) but have since made their way back into play-off contention. The Tractor Boys are currently seventh in the Sky Bet Championship two points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday following their late defeat to QPR last weekend. Mick McCarthy’s since have lost two of their last three matches, and haven’t won on the road since their last game of 2015. Ryan Fraser has been ruled out for two months with a hamstring injury, while former City duo Dean Gerken (shoulder) and Cole Skuse (foot) are also out of contention. Giles Coke's knee injury keeps him out for another four-to-six weeks, and Luke Hyam is a doubt.

Mick McCarthy - Former Republic of Ireland international who played over 250 times for Barnsley as well as stints with Manchester City, Celtic, Lyon and Millwall. He started his managerial career with the Lions before six years in charge of Ireland, leading them to the 2002 World Cup. McCarthy enjoyed three years as Sunderland boss before a prolonged period with Wolves and took over at Portman Road in 2012.

Brett Pitman - Former City striker who scored 20 goals in his two-and-a-half-year spell at Ashton Gate. The Jersey-born frontman started his career with Bournemouth where he scored 62 goals in 197 games before his move to City in 2010. His spell in BS3 proved a difficult one and he returned to the Cherries, where his form helped the South Coast club to reach the Premier League. However, Eddie Howe reluctantly sold Pitman to Ipswich before he got a chance in the top flight. Pitman is the Tractor Boys’ top scorer with nine goals in all competitions this season.

Tony Harrington is appointed as the man in the middle. He will be assisted by Justin Amey and Kevin Morris. The fourth official will be Chris Powell.

The match is sold out.

Ipswich Town 2-2 Bristol City - Ryan Fraser’s late equaliser denied City a precious win at Portman Road. Luke Chambers headed the home side ahead just after half-time before Luke Freeman’s deflected effort restored parity. City went ahead through a well-taken strike from Jonathan Kodjia but Fraser scored four minutes from time to earn Ipswich a point.

Sky Bet Championship: 6th (lost to Norwich City in the play-off semi-finals)
FA Cup: Third round reply (lost to Southampton)
Capital One Cup: First round (lost to Crawley Town)

Ipswich won the UEFA Cup in the 1980/81 season with a 5-4 aggregate win over AZ Alkmaar.