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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V WOLVES

20 November 2015

Murphy ready to pick up where he left off as the Blues look to continue the good run with victory over Wolves

Following his midweek heroics for his country, Daryl Murphy is ready to go again as Town face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road.

The striker started both legs of the victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina, winning a penalty in the home tie which was dispatched by former Blue, Jonathan Walters, with the striker itching to go again this weekend.

“I’m a bit tired but I’ve trained fine and I’m all set for the game this weekend,” he told Ipswich Player HD.

“It’s been a very good few weeks for me so I’m looking forward to the game.

“They’re a good side, but every club in this league is on their day. They have some very good players that can hurt us but we’ll be confident.

“It’s good to be back at home too. We’ve had a couple of wins before the international break so now all the lads are dying to get back, especially at home.”
Team news

Town


David McGoldrick is a doubt for Town, as he continues to struggle with a groin injury which kept him out of Ireland’s Play-Off victory last week. Mick McCarthy doesn’t have any other fresh injuries to deal with, but with Luke Hyam, Luke Varney and Teddy Bishop all back in training, it may not be too long until they return to first-team action.

Wolves

Kenny Jackett’s newest absentee is goalkeeper, Damian Martinez and he will almost certainly miss the trip to Portman Road tomorrow. Kourtney Hause has also been ruled out after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury, while Nouha Dicko remains a long-term injury victim and is likely to miss the majority of the season.

Where they stand

Town – 10th
Wolves – 17th

Last time they met


A first-half Richard Stearman own goal wasn’t enough to give Town the victory the last time these sides faced off in April. Benik Afobe levelled the scores just after break for Wolves, and 1-1 was how it finished, with Town moving ever closer to finishing in that Play-Off place.

Key Players

Brett Pitman


Brett has formed a dangerous looking partnership with Daryl Murphy and Freddie Sears in the last few games and has a couple of goals to show for it. He now sits level with Freddie Sears as Town’s top league scorer with four and the former Bournemouth man will look to add to that this weekend.

Benik Afobe

Wolves’ top scorer, Afobe, has continued where he left off last season having netted six times already this season. The former Arsenal man has had to step up to be the club’s focal point up front following the departure of Bakary Sako as well as the season-long injury to Nouha Dicko.

Sky Bet Odds

The bookies are billing this game as yet another very difficult one to call, but Town just edge out as favourites, being priced at 6/5. Wolves on the other hand, are available at 9/4 with the draw at 12/5. Brett Pitman opened the scoring in the 5-2 win over Rotherham two weeks ago, and he is 6/1 to do so again on Saturday.

Match Officials

Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistant referees: Geoffrey Russell & Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Nicholas Kinseley


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