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PREVIEW: TOWN V BURNLEY

18 August 2015

Mick won't risk Parr but pleased to see him return from injury as the Blues look for another Portman Road victory against the Clarets this evening


Mick McCarthy has said the game against Burnley tonight will probably come too soon for Jonathan Parr, but the defender could return to action next week.

The former Crystal Palace full-back made a scoring return to action for the U21s against Coventry yesterday, following time out with a thigh injury.

However the Norwegian is unlikely to feature against Sean Dyche’s side tonight, with the Blues looking ahead to another fixture pile-up- with three games in seven days around the corner next week.

“It was good for him to get 90 minutes because he hasn’t played too much with his thigh strain. He should be OK for Saturday, and of course Tuesday after,” he told the official club website.

“It’s physically demanding for all of us but that’s the same for everybody in the League. It’s been a real hectic start and also because of the international break, we have to cram all our fixtures in.

“We’re more than capable of doing it though. We’ve played well so far. I thought we were excellent at Brentford but we had a five minute spell of madness where momentum went the other way.

“I thought we were great on Saturday, but we were better at Brentford, or at least we were certainly more commanding and had more chances.

“All three of them so far, including Stevenage were tough. Sheffield Wednesday are a very capable team with some good players and we had to play really well to win that.

“It will be the same tonight against a very good Burnley side. They’ve not lost too many of their players from the Premier League and Sean knows all about the Championship. I’d expect them to be near the top of the table this season.”

Live commentary of the game is available on Ipswich Player HD from 7.45pm, with live text updates coming via the Ipswich Wall. Team news will be announced first via our official social media channels, which will also provide all the behind-the-scenes pre-match build up from Portman Road.


Team news

Having just recovered from his injury, it is unlikely Jonny Parr will make tonight’s game, even less so considering he played 90 minutes of football yesterday. Kevin Bru and Teddy Bishop are both doubts with hamstring injuries, whilst Luke Hyam misses out with a knee injury..

The Clarets are still waiting on international clearance in order for German striker Rouwen Hennings to make his debut at Portman Road tonight. Hennings was the top scorer in the Bundesliga 2 last season, and Sean Dyche will hope to be able to utilise his marquee signing tonight. They will definitely, however, be without defender Matthew Lowton and midfielder Fredrick Ulvestad as they have shin and ankle injuries respectively.

Where they stand

Town – 7th
Burnley – 13th

Last time they met

In April of 2014, Burnley defeated Town 1-0 at Turf Moor, which ended any hopes of a Play-Off place for the Blues. A former player of Mick’s at Wolves, Michael Kightly, scored early in the second-half which saw the Clarets take the points on their way to the Premier League.

Key Players


Freddie Sears

The striker opened his account for the season in the victory over Sheffield Wednesday and caused both the Owls ample problems with his pace up front. Last term was his most prolific as a professional footballer, scoring 23 times altogether, 14 for Colchester and nine for Town.

Jelle Vossen

The former Middlesbrough loanee is yet to score his first goal for Burnley after making his summer switch but has started the Clarets two matches so far. He grabbed 8 goals last campaign as he helped Boro into the Play-Off final, before they were defeated by Norwich.

Sky Bet Odds

As have the first two league matches of the 2015/16 season for Town, this one is a very tight one according to the bookies. The Blues edge out as favourites being the home team, with Sky Bet making them available at 23/20 to win the match, with tonight’s opponents at 12/5. The draw is also there at 23/10. If you fancy Freddie Sears to score first, he is a very generous 11/2.

Match Officials

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Robert Whitton and Stuart Butler
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear.

Live commentary of the game is available on Ipswich Player HD from 7.45pm, with live text updates coming via the Ipswich Wall. Team news will be announced first via our official social media channels, which will also provide all the behind-the-scenes pre-match build up from Portman Road.



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