The skipper is looking to make amends for September defeat as Reading visit Portman Road tonight
Luke Chambers has assured Reading that they will be in for a much more difficult game than when they last faced Town, as Brian McDermott’s side visit Portman Road this evening.
The Royals struck five past the Blues at the Madejski Stadium back in September, but the skipper is looking to set the record straight.
“It sort of hit us out of nowhere that result and we’ll have it in the back of our minds,” he told Ipswich Player HD.
“It’s another game, we’re on our home patch and it will be a lot more difficult for them this time, I can assure you of that.
“They’ve got very, very good Championship players and they’re solid in all departments. They’ve got players that can hurt you and have a lot of quality, but we’ll be fully prepared for them just as they’ll be fully prepared for us.
“We’ve not had a game for ten days so we’re looking forward to getting back out at Portman Road and the boys will be ready.”
The Blues will be without Dean Gerken for the next month at least after the goalkeeper picked up a shoulder injury in the defeat at Birmingham last weekend, although have no other new injury concerns ahead of the visit of Reading. Town will also be without Jonathan Douglas for the next three matches through suspension after his red card at St. Andrew's. Teddy Bishop and David McGoldrick both remain out.
The Royals will be without Aaron Tshibola tonight after the midfielder broke down within ten minutes of his first appearance in three months during his side's 4-0 win over Walsall in the FA Cup. They will, however, have new signings, George Evans and Yann Kermorgant available for selection after the duo were cup-tied at the weekend.
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Where They Stand
Town – 8th
Reading - 15th
Last Time They Met
An Orlando Sa hat-trick helped the Royals a convincing 5-1 win when these sides last met in September. The Portuguese striker, who has now left to join Maccabi Tel Aviv, headed his side in front, before Freddie Sears quickly levelled things up, as he bundled the ball over the line from close range. Sa responded rapidly at Reading retook the lead again, and three second half goals sealed a comfortable victory.
Town learnt this week that they would be without the goalkeeper that has played the majority of the Blues league campaign so far, Dean Gerken, for at least a month with a shoulder injury. He will be replaced by his Polish counterpart for the duration and Bart has a big void to fill after impressive displays from Gerks of late.
The Czech striker hasn’t quite hit the heights that he did with Watford last season, having only scored two league goals so far this campaign, but he has, however, bagged five goals in his last three appearances in all competitions including an FA Cup hat-trick against Huddersfield. Those goals have propelled his overall season goal tally to eight, so he will remain a danger to Town’s defence tonight.
Sky Bet Odds
Town go into tomorrow’s game as favourites with Sky Bet, and are priced at 5/4 to pick up all three points. Reading, who are looking for their first win away from home since the end of September, are available at 21/10, with the draw at 23/10.
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: Josh Smith & Marc Wilson
Fourth Official: Lee Collins
For those travelling by train, please be aware that there will be a reduced service between Ipswich and London due to engineering work. The 2208 service, which calls at Manningtree, Colchester, Marks Tey, Kelevedon etc, will, however, run all the way to London. This service has a capacity of around 800 people which should more than cater for visiting Reading fans, and Town fans travelling from that direction. There will also be other services departing from Ipswich station which terminate in Colchester, and all trains heading towards Norwich will run roughly as normal.
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