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MATCH PREVIEW: BOURNEMOUTH V TOWN

21 November 2014

Boss ready for tough encounter against side he expects to finish in the top six this season

Mick McCarthy is looking forward to the weekend trip to Bournemouth- a side he expects to finish in the top six this season.

Eddie Howe’s side currently sit in second place, just a point above Town in fourth, with the two clubs set to lock horns at the Goldsands Stadium tomorrow with the game all-ticket.  

“Eddie is doing a great job there and we know we will be in for a really tough game tomorrow,” the Town boss told the Club website.

“They are seen as a small, homely club but let me tell you- they’ve spent a few quid and they’ve got some really good pros in the building.

“It’s going to be a tough game and we had two hard matches against them last season, both ending in draws.

“They’ve got a good squad and they are progressing very well. I would expect them to be in the top six at least this season. That’s where we want to be as well.

“It should be a great game and one I’m sure both sides are looking forward to.”

Live commentary of the game is available on Ipswich Player, with live text commentary available via the Ipswich Wall. Official team news will be announced first via all of our social media channels, so make you’re following the Super Blues online!

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy has been boosted by the return to fitness of Dean Gerken and Cole Skuse ahead of the trip, whilst midfielder Luke Hyam is also available for selection after serving his one-match suspension. Loanee Jonny Williams misses out through injury and may have played his last game for the Blues.

Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie will be pushing for a start for the Cherries after scoring whilst on international duty, although Player of the Month Callum Wilson is expected to continue in attack. Southampton loanee Artur Boruc should be in between the sticks for Bournemouth, whilst former Norwich man Andrew Surman is expected to start in midfield.

Where they currently stand

Bournemouth- 2nd
Town- 4th

Word from the opposition camp


Eddie Howe, Bournemouth manager:

“The games against Ipswich last season were incredibly difficult and we will be expecting another tough battle again.

“Mick McCarthy sides are always very difficult to break down, they are well disciplined but they also knock the ball around well with some very talented players.

“It should be a difficult but entertaining game.”

Worn both badges


Jaime Peters. Canadian midfielder who joined Town’s Academy ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. Was comfortable playing on the wing or at full-back, although struggled to hold down a place in the side when Paul Jewell arrived as manager. Spent time on loan with Bournemouth in 2011 and made appearances for the Cherries, before returning to Portman Road. Was eventually released from his contract in August 2012 and has yet to find another club, despite being capped 26 times by his country.

Tickets

The game is all-ticket and Town have sold out their away-end allocation. Please do not travel without a ticket for the match.

Getting to the game


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Betting


If you fancy a flutter on the match, then make sure you place your bet with our official betting partner, Sky Bet. You can back Town to take the points at 100/30, whilst the draw sees odds of 14/5. A home win is at 3/4 for the Cherries.

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Bull
Assistants: Nigel Lugg & John O’Brien
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

Live commentary of the game is available on Ipswich Player, with live text commentary available via the Ipswich Wall. Official team news will be announced first via all of our social media channels, so make you’re following the Super Blues online!

 

 

 





 


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