Mick expecting big challenge against improving Leeds
Mick McCarthy is expecting another testing 90 minutes against an improving Leeds side at Portman Road on Saturday.
Blues go into the game in second place in the Championship table and only a point off top spot after a six match unbeaten run while the Whites toppled league leaders Derby last weekend.
“They played very well last week, Leeds and deserved the win. Derby boss Steve McClaren was very honest after the game and conceded that the better side on the day won,” the Town boss told the Club website.
“We watched them against Blackburn as well and they were the dominant team in that game and should have won but ended up with nothing.
“They have picked up. Neil Redfearn was put in charge [caretaker] before and did well. They gave the job to someone else. Now he’s back in the job. He has proved he can do it. He’s had some good results.
“They have got some talented players so we know what is ahead.”
Town: Noel Hunt is ineligible to face Leeds under the terms of his loan. Luke Hyam is also out with an Achilles injury but Kevin Bru and Teddy Bishop have both recovered from injury and are available. Christophe Berra is also back from suspension.
Leeds: Leeds have few injury worries, with Neil Redfearn expected to field the same team that beat Championship leaders Derby last week.
Foot in both camps
Cameron Stewart was on loan at Leeds last season from Hull. He made 11 appearances after joining the club in January and won the penalty against Town that earned the Whites a 1-1 draw at Elland Road. The wideman joined Blues in the summer but has yet to feature in the first-team after being hindered by injuries.
Referee: Michael Dean
Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Graham Horwood
Fancy a flutter
Daryl Murphy, one of the top scorers in the Championship, is 4/1 favourite to open the scoring, while Leeds’ frontman Mirko Antenucci is 13/2 to find the net first. Check out all the odds here
Follow the action
Subscribers to Ipswich Player can listen to live commentary of the game and then hear Mick McCarthy’s view of the 90 minutes. Town’s social media channels will also keep you up to date with every kick.
Advice to fans
A crowd of around 22,000 is anticipated for the game with fans advised that access to Portman Road will be restricted before and during the match and closed for a short period of time after the game. This is because of his high number of Leeds supporters travelling by coach, with the Elland Road club bringing 1800 fans to the game. Availability of spaces at the Cattle Market Car Park will be greatly reduced as a result. No tickets are available to Whites supporters on matchday. Supporters of both clubs are advised to get to the game early. Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 1.30pm, with kick-off at 3pm.
And another thing
The players of Town and Leeds will take part in a unique team group photo before kick-off on Saturday as part of football’s tribute to the Christmas Truce of 1914.