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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V LEEDS

12 January 2016

Luke Varney is looking forward to facing another one of his former clubs, but is solely concentrating on helping Town to maximum points

Luke Varney believes there’s no room for sentiment as one of his former clubs, Leeds United, visit Portman Road this evening.

The forward spent two seasons at the West Yorkshire club and insists that he holds no ill feeling towards them despite his timely exit, although he’s fully focussed on trying to help Town to all three points this evening.

“I enjoyed my time at Leeds I must admit. It’s a massive club and it was a big move for me at the time,” he told Ipswich Player HD.

“It was positive but it didn’t end the way I’d have liked it to; I’d have liked to stay for the rest of my contract. But for both parties it probably ended as it should have and I wish them all the best.

“I have a couple of my former teams coming up and it gives you that extra incentive to go and get the win so hopefully on a personal level I’ll be able to add to the team.

“Leeds have got a lot of young, talented players. They’re very tight in midfield and good technically so we’re looking forward to locking horns with them.

“We’ve had a couple of positive performances recently so we’re looking forward to another big game tonight.”

Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that both Jonathan Douglas and Daryl Murphy are fit for the visit of Steve Evans’ side with both shaking off their respective knocks which caused them to miss Saturday’s game with Portsmouth. Teddy Bishop and David McGoldrick both remain out.


Leeds

Whites defender, Giuseppe Bellusci has been passed fit ahead of today’s match despite limping out of Saturday’s FA Cup win over Rotherham. Elsewhere, gifted midfielder, Alex Mowatt could be in line to return to Steve Evans’ squad after missing Leeds last four matches through injury. Former Blues loanee Chris Wood, however, remains a doubt for his return to Portman Road as the striker continues to struggle with a hamstring injury.

 


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Where They Stand

Ipswich – 6th

Leeds – 13th

Last Time They Met

A first-half Tommy Smith header was enough to give Town all three points when the sides last met in September. The goal was the defender’s second of the season and it helped move the Blues up into fifth place in the Championship. The result confined Leeds to their first defeat of the 2015/16 campaign having drawn five and won one of their previous six league matches.


Key Players

Ryan Fraser

The nippy winger helped salvage a replay in Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Portsmouth having come on as a second half substitute. Ryan missed two months of action due to a knee injury but has slotted back into the side with ease, marking his return by helping Town to a set of impressive results over the festive period.


Sam Byram

Byram is just one of a string of academy products to break through into the first-team at Elland Road in recent years, and is now rumoured to have a number of Premier League clubs interested in his services. His versatility allows him to play anywhere down the right hand side, making him a threat both going forward and staying back in defence.

Sky Bet Odds

The Blues are favourites for tonight’s match, although the bookies are finding it difficult to separate the sides. Sky Bet are currently pricing Town as evens to pick up the three points, with Leeds available at 3/1. The draw is 9/4.

Match Officials

Referee: Frederick Graham
Assistant Referees: Stuart Butler & Lloyd Wood
Fourth Official: Nicholas Kinseley

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