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PREVIEW: TOWN V NORWICH

20 August 2016

Town forward looks to put previous derby results behind him and focus on securing a positive result on Sunday

Luke Varney believes a win over East Anglian rivals Norwich is well overdue - and hopes to help change that this Sunday.

The Blues host the Canaries live on Sky Sports as 12pm, and for Varns, it could be his first appearance against Norwich since snapping his achilles in 2015's Play-Off semi-final.

"We've had a good week on the back of a solid performance on Tuesday night," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"This is a game all the lads look for when the fixtures come out and as soon as I had signed it was the first game I looked for.

"I'm delighted I've got up to speed and hopefully I'll be involved. The lads are dying to put a good show on and a win is overdue against them but a good result is what we're looking for.

"The fans will be up for it and the lads are just the same. Although we're not all from around Ipswich it means a lot to us. It's a derby game and that's what we'll make it.

"It would be nice to leave the stadium in my car instead of an ambulance this time as well!

"It's a massive game, though, and you can't say anything other than that so we're looking forward to a great atmosphere and a great game on Sunday."

Team News

Town

Brett Pitman will return to the matchday squad for the visit of Alex Neil's Norwich, having been missing since the opening day of the season with a thigh injury. Conor Grant [thigh], Luke Hyam [knee] and Giles Coke [knee] will miss out, but Town have no fresh absentees for Sunday's match.

Norwich

Jacob Murphy may well return to the forefront of Alex Neil's plans having trained this week after recovering from an injury that has kept him out since the opening day. John Ruddy, Martin Olsson, Graham Dorrans and Alex Pritchard look likely to miss out through injury whereas Matt Jarvis definitely won't be involved following knee surgery.

 


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Where They Stand

Town - 13th
Norwich - 2nd

Last Time They Met

It was Play-Off heartbreak for Town when the last installment of the East Anglian Derby took place. After the first leg had finished in a 1-1 draw, the Blues went to Carrow Road looking to book a spot in the final at Wembley, but following a Christophe Berra red card for a handball on the line, the task became a much more difficult one. Wes Hoolahan scored the resulting spot-kick and, although Tommy Smith grabbed an equaliser soon after, the Canaries would progress with goals from Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome to give them a 4-2 to aggregate victory.


Key Players

Grant Ward

Ward was arguably the best player on the pitch as Town earned a point at Molineux on Tuesday. The wide-midfielder caused all sorts of problems for the Wolves defence, and was unlucky not to be on a winning side come full-time. He will be vital to the Blues' attacking prowess on Sunday, as he looks to add to the three goals he scored on his very memorable debut.


Wes Hoolahan

The Irishman has the qualities to unlock any defence, and has a real eye for goal as well as he has already shown this campaign with a strike in the Canaries' league opener at Blackburn. Hoolahan impressed with Ireland at Euro 2016, and he will be hoping to continue that form in the Championship.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 5/2
Draw: 9/4
Norwich: 23/20

Match Officials

Referee: David Coote
Assistant Referees: Nigel Lugg & Ian Cooper
Fourth Official: Oliver Langford



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