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MATCH PREVIEW | BURTON V TOWN

13 April 2017

Freddie Sears looks ahead to Town's Good Friday trip to the Pirelli Stadium

Freddie Sears is looking to mathematically secure safety as soon as possible so Town can draw a line under the campaign and start preparing for next season.

The Blues travel to the Midlands to face Nigel Clough's Burton Albion on Good Friday, and three points would all but guarantee Town's spot in the Championship next season.

"There's five games left now and we have to win as many games as we can," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"Hopefully we can get some points early on so we can relax and get ready for next season.

"I've never been to Burton before so it'll be something different and they'll definitely be up for it. It's been a tough place to go and you can see that by the other teams that have been there and not picked up many points.

"It's a big game for both of us so hopefully we can get the three points."


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Team News

Town

Cole Skuse is fit again and available for selection having missed the last two matches with a concussion suffered in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham at Portman Road. With the midfielder's return, Mick McCarthy has no fresh injury concerns to contend with, although he is still without Adam Webster, Luke Hyam [both ankle], Giles Coke [knee], Jonas Knudsen [shoulder] and Steven Taylor [hamstring] who are all sidelined with injury.


Burton

The Brewers are waiting on the fitness of Danish midfielder, Lasse Vigen Christensen as the Fulham loanee missed the draw with Aston Villa at the weekend with tight glutes. Aside from that, Burton have no real injury or suspension concerns, and have a relatively full squad to choose from.

Where They Stand

Town: 17th
Burton: 20th

Last Time They Met

It was a game in which two of goalless spells were put to an end when the Brewers visited Portman Road in October. Town ran out 2-0 winners under the lights at Portman Road with Luke Chambers scoring with 15 minutes on the clock to put an end to a run of five games without a goal for Mick McCarthy's side. Freddie Sears sealed the win two minutes from time as he netted for the first time in 38 matches as Town moved up to 12th.

Key Players

Emyr Huws

The Cardiff loanee regained his place in the side having missed the loss against his parent club through ineligibility as well as the draw against another one of his former clubs, Birmingham through injury. Since coming to Town, Emyr has shown his ability in front of goal, scoring against Aston Villa and Brentford, and the Welshman will be looking to add to that tally before the end of the season.


Jackson Irvine

The Aussie midfielder has been a huge part in Burton's battle to avoid the drop so far this season, and has aided his side's cause with 10 goals to his name so far from midfield. The former Ross County and Celtic man has shown his ability to score all types of goals, with four of his tally coming with his head, but he has also pitched in with some vital strikes, with the most recent of those coming against Huddersfield in the last minute to secure three points at the John Smith's Stadium.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 23/10
Draw: 11/5
Burton: 5/4

Match Officials

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant Referees: Mark Dwyer & Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: Ben Toner



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