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MATCH PREVIEW: WATFORD V TOWN

20 March 2015

Plenty more twists and turns to come before the seasons out, says Tommy

Tommy Smith is looking for Town to complete a League ‘double’ over Watford this weekend and expects plenty more ‘twists and turns’ to come before the season is out.

The New Zealand international- who broke his nose against Bolton in the week- is under no illusions how tough the weekend clash at Vicarage Road will be but having already beaten the Hornets once this term, he sees no reason why a repeat performance can’t be on the card.


“Watford will obviously be a very tough match, with them being top of the table, but if we can get in their faces and play our game then there’s no reason why we can’t take the three points,” Tommy told the official Club website.

“There’s going to be a lot of twists and turns to come yet because the Championship is so tight this season.

“A lot of the teams at the top have still got to play each other and you never know what is around the corner.

“We’ve just got to approach each game as we always do. We know we are good enough to beat any team in this division on our day and we need to take that attitude into every game.”

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with all the pre-match build up and team news announced throughout the day on our social media channels. Live text updates from the press box can be viewed for FREE via the Ipswich Wall.

Team news


Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Teddy Bishop will miss the game against the League leaders through injury, whilst Jonathan Parr is also a doubt after suffering a knock against Bolton. Luke Hyam and David McGoldrick are progressing well but still remain sidelined, whilst Noel Hunt and Darren Ambrose are still out. Dean Gerken won’t be risked after suffering concussion against Middlesbrough recently.

Watford could hand a debut to new loan sign Matthew Connolly, who arrives at Vicarage Road from Championship rivals Cardiff City until the end of the season. The game comes too soon for Almen Abdi though, as he nears a comeback from injury.

Where they currently stand

Watford- 1st
Town- 7th

Last time we met


A solid performance from Town saw the Blues edge out Watford at Portman Road back in November, with a late strike from Tommy Smith earning the points that day. Both sides created a number of chances in an end-to-end game that was eventually decided by Smith’s predatory finish from eight yards. It also marked the final appearance in a Town shirt for Jonny Williams, who limped off with injury following a poor challenge from Joel Ekstrand which ensured his loan at Portman Road was cut short.

Match tickets

Town have sold their entire allocation for the clash at Vicarage Road and the game is ALL TICKET. Please do not travel if you don’t have a ticket, as they won’t be sold on the day.

Match betting


If you fancy a flutter on the game, then make sure you place your bet with the Football League’s official betting partner, Sky Bet, and help earn money for both Town and yourself in the process! Town are priced at 12/5 to grab an away win, whilst the hosts are given odds of evens to take the three points at Vicarage Road. The draw is on offer at 5/2 with Sky Bet’s top tip being over 3.5 goals at 7/4.

Match Officials

Referee: Andy D’Urso
Assistants: John O’Brien & Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official: Robert Hyde

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with all the pre-match build up and team news announced throughout the day on our social media channels. Live text updates from the press box can be viewed for FREE via the Ipswich Wall.

 

 


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