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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V BRIGHTON

27 September 2016

The skipper hopes to put one over on his old manager as Town host Brighton this evening

Luke Chambers is looking to put old friendships aside as he targets all three points against Brighton and Hove Albion at Portman Road tonight.

Chambo played under Seagulls assistant, Colin Calderwood at both Northampton Town and Nottingham Forest in the past, but he hopes to send his former boss back to Sussex with a defeat.

"Colin was my manager at a couple of clubs and he's always helped me when I was growing up," the skipper told Ipswich Player HD.

"He and Chris Hughton worked together at Tottenham, Norwich and Birmingham before so they have a great understanding and they've done well whenever they've been together.

"I don't speak to him as much these days but whenever I do we always have a quick chat but these things go out the window when you're playing against them, and you want to get one over on them.

"We know it will be a difficult game but if we compete and use the ball better than we did on Saturday then we'll have a good chance of winning.

"Portman Road is always a difficult place to come. The season we made the Play-Offs I think we had the best home form, which is something we're looking to replicate.

"We need to score goals, we need to get people off their seat and attack teams so hopefully we can do that tonight."


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Team News

Town

Teddy Bishop will return to the squad for this evening's game having missed Saturday's defeat at Leeds United due to a broken nose. Grant Ward will also be fit to play despite having to be withdrawn at Elland Road, but Brett Pitman and Adam Webster will miss out with injuries suffered in Yorkshire. Luke Varney isn't fit enough to return to the squad, and Jonny Williams, although he has returned to training, won't be in Mick McCarthy's squad of 18 for this evening's game. David McGoldrick and Luke Hyam remain long term absentees.


Brighton

Beram Kayal is Brighton's only notable absentee after suffering an ankle injury in their 2-0 win over Barnsley at the weekend. Either Oliver Norwood or Steve Sidwell are in line to replace Kayal at Portman Road. New signing, Sebastien Pocognoli is set to make his debut at left-back for Chris Hughton's side, with Gaetan Bong missing out through suspension.

Where They Stand

Town:  14th
Brighton:  3rd

Last Time They Met

Daryl Murphy grabbed the only goal as Town defeated the Seagulls at the Amex during the busy festive fixture cards last season. Murph struck just past the half an hour mark as his deflected effort clipped the inside of the post before ending up in the net. The win was the Blues fifth consecutive victory on the road in an impressive display against Chris Hughton's side.


Key Players

Leon Best

The striker played over an hour in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Leeds as he replaced the injured Brett Pitman, and will lead the line again this evening. Along with Luke Varney, Leon made a big impact in the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa in Town's last match at Portman Road, and a big performance will be needed again against a stubborn Seagulls defence that has kept six clean sheets in nine games so far.

Anthony Knockaert

The Frenchman is undoubtedly Brighton's dangerman in the midfield, and already has four goals to his name this campaign. His tally is only beaten by striker, Glenn Murray who has hit the net five times so far. The pacey winger is only one of three players to have scored for tonight's visitors this season, the others being Murray and Tomer Hemed, so keeping him quiet could be the key to victory.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 5/2
Draw: 9/4
Brighton: 11/10

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referees: Daniel Leach & Michael George
Fourth Official: David Bryan



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