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30 December 2016

Blues striker looks ahead to facing one of his former clubs

Brett Pitman believes the goals will flow for both him and the rest of the Town squad if the service is right.

The Blues hosts one of Pits' former clubs, Bristol City at Portman Road this evening, and the striker is feeling good after making his comeback from an ankle injury in recent weeks.

"I feel OK, but I still think I need a few more games to get right up to match sharpness," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"At a busy time like this, the recovery we do is important so we can feel as good as we can because it is a quick turnaround, but it will be the same for both teams.

"I feel like if I get the right service, along with the other strikers here, we will score goals, but we need that service.

"Bristol City aren't on a great run, and we're probably on a little bit of a better one even though it hasn't been great from ourselves.

"It will be two teams that will be battling for three valuable points, I'm sure."

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Team News


Jonas Knudsen is a doubt for this evening's game after cutting his foot in the Monday's defeat to Fulham, but Luke Varney should return to the squad having recovered from a virus. Teddy Bishop [ankle], Tommy Smith [back], Jonny Williams [shoulder], Luke Hyam, Giles Coke and Paul Digby [knee] remain sidelined.

Bristol City

Adam Matthews is a doubt for the trip to Suffolk with the on-loan Sunderland defender struggling with the same hamstring injury that has plagued him since joining the club in the summer. Gary O'Neil will also almost certainly miss the game due to a calf injury that forced him to miss the 3-2 Boxing Day defeat to Wolves. Lee Johnson has a relatively full squad to choose from, otherwise as they look to break a run of four straight defeats.

Where They Stand

Town: 16th
Bristol City: 17th

Last Time They Met

A penalty and a wondergoal was the difference as Bristol City took all three points when the sides last met earlier this month. Bartosz Bialkowski tangled with Tammy Abraham in the first-half, resulting in a spot-kick being awarded which Lee Tomlin promptly scored, before Luke Freeman wrapped up the three points after the break with a thunderous volley from outside the box which left Blues 'keeper, Bialkowski helpless.

Key Players

Adam Webster

The ball playing centre-half has gone from strength to strength in his first Championship season since making the switch from Portsmouth in the summer. Mick McCarthy has tipped the 21-year old to be a Premier League defender in the future, and his performances have certainly backed that up so far. He bagged his first goal in the 2-1 defeat at Birmingham just before Christmas, and has been a threat bringing the ball out from the back for Town this season.

Tammy Abraham

After a blistering start, the on-loan Chelsea forward had a bit of a sticky spell, scoring twice in nine games, but he has since netted twice in his last four appearances for Lee Johnson's side. His tally for the season now stands at 11, and he has assisted a further two, so despite a period where he wasn't as prolific as his opening matches at Ashton Gate, he still remains a big player for the Robins.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 13/8
Draw: 9/4
Bristol City: 17/10

Match Officials

Referee: David Coote
Assistant Referees: Michael George & Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin

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