Ipswich Town vs Forest preview..

I can’t decide whether it’s a really good time or a really bad time to be playing Roy Keane’s Ipswich.  Let’s go for optimism – because they’ve gotten off to a pretty poor start so far with just two draws from their opening six games (both earned at home), although let’s not get too cocky with our one win and three draws (all draws earned away).

We will still be without Majewski in central midfield which is a concern because Cohen and McKenna had off-days at the weekend and we missed the bit of composure and craft our little Polish wizard gives us.  However, the surprise inclusion of Lewis McGugan on the bench on saturday may give us that more creative option in the middle of the park should Billy opt to start with him.

Tys is reportedly still a doubt having been attending to the birth of the latest addition to his family – hopefully all is well in the Tyson household and of course we look forward to seeing him back soon.  Apparently Sheffield United fans were chanting “There’s only one Nathan Tyson” at the Derby fans on Saturday – priceless!

Certainly I expect to see Anderson retain his starting place after a scintillating performance at Hillsborough.  Whether Billy opts for Tys on the left (if available) or pushing Cohen out there with Lewis in the middle remains to be seen.  I expect the back four to remain unchanged from the weekend assuming Lynch came through his comeback okay.

As for Ipswich, it’s been a tough start for Roy Keane.  He handed debuts to Rosenior, Edwards and Leadbitter at the weekend’s defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough – and is likely to want to tinker with his defence to get the right combination.  This is where having our multi-faceted array of striking options makes life difficult for the former-Reds midfielder.

I’m not one for predictions but I’m cautiously optimistic that this is a good opportunity to notch our first away win – or at the very least maintain our unbeaten run on the road.  Billy will be canny enough to have worked his tactics out whilst Keane will still be in experimental mode trying to find the right formula.  Sod’s law he’ll go and do it against us, now (I knew that optimism wouldn’t last long!…)

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  1. has anyone seen the matchday away ticket price at ipswich,they are taking the pi££ .

  2. I thought exactly the same Geoff!! I was thinking of making the trip as its not tooo bad a drive from Newark but at that price, they can sod off.

    I had us down for a 1-1 draw at the weekend but I don’t think the scores will end up even tonight. Someone will nick it by a single goal. I hope its us but I have a feeling we’ll go down to a strike midway through the second half.

    Be interesting to see whether Garner retains his place. Dropping him with Anderson switching to the right and McCleary starting left would be an option. Wouldn’t be surprised if Adebola started either.

    Be an interesting selection tonight.

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