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PREVIEW: TOWN V BARNSLEY

5 August 2016

The skipper is ready to get going as the 2016/17 season is imminent

Luke Chambers will expect nothing other than full commitment from his teammaes as Town look to start the new campaign with a bang.

The Blues host Barnsley at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon, and the skipper has noticed an extra spring in the step of the players in training this week.

"When you've had a month or six weeks off it's difficult to get yourself at that level where you're ready to start a Championship match, but we're at that now," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"You can see it in training this week and we're looking forward to cracking on, on Saturday. Whoever is selected to play will be ready to give absolutely everything to the cause and that will never change as long as I'm at the Club to drive the boys on.

"We had a home game to start with not last season but the season before and we got off to a good start so it's something we're looking forward to.

"Hopefully we'll have a good crowd and everyone will get behind us so we can all enjoy an interesting journey for the next ten months."

Team News

Town

The Blues will be without Giles Coke and Luke Hyam for the visit of the Tykes with the midfield duo both missing with respective knee injuries. Dean Gerken and Brett Pitman will be fit to return despite missing the former missing the final three games of pre-season and the latter being sidelined for the defeat against Royale Union Saint Gilloise. New signings, Adam Webster, Paul Digby, Grant Ward and Conor Grant are all available for selection and are pushing for a starting spot.


Barnsley

The visitors have a relatively full squad to choose from, and Paul Heckingbottom could give debuts to a host of new signings. Tom Bradshaw, Ryan Kent, George Moncur, Andy Yiadom, Elliot Lee and Stefan Payne are all available to make their maiden appearance for the Tykes. The newest of those recruits, Angus MacDonald, will miss out, however as he serves the final game of a three match suspension he was given towards the end of last season.

Where they finished

Town - 7th in the Championship

Barnsley - 6th in League One.

 


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Last Time They Met

The Blues needed two goals in the final ten minutes to salvage a draw on the last meeting of the two sides in February 2014 at Oakwell. Chris O'Grady and Tomasz Cywka had the Tykes in front with 15 minutes to play, but Christophe Berra and then David McGoldrick helped Town take a point back to Suffolk.


Key Players

 Teddy Bishop

2016/17 will be a big season for the Town Academy product, with injuries restricting him to just four appearances last term. He caught the eye in his breakthrough campaign and big things are expected of him as he looks to become a regular in Mick McCarthy's line-up again. He may well be reinvented as a wider midfielder than has previously been the case after some impressive pre-season performances on the right, but wherever he plays he can cause no end of problems to the opposition.

Sam Winnall

The striker will be a player well known by Town's gaffer after he played under him at Wolves, and he has gone from strength to strength since dropping into League 2 in 2013/14 with Scunthorpe United in the hunt for regular football before an impressive season secured him a move to Oakwell.  He aided the Tykes' return to the second tier of English football last season with a 23 goal haul in League 1 as, under Paul Heckingbottom, Barnsley went from bottom of the league in December, to Play-Off winners in May.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 21/20
Draw: 23/10
Barnsley: 13/5

Match Officials

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees: Matt Foley & Mark Pottage
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper



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