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17 February 2017

Blues defender Jonas looks ahead to the weekend visit of the Whites

Jonas Knudsen believes Town need to use the confidence gained from the results so far this month in order to secure another positive performance this weekend.

The Blues host Garry Monk's high-flying Leeds United at Portman Road on Saturday looking to make it four matches unbeaten having beaten Aston Villa and drawn with Reading and Brighton in recent weeks.

"They have done well this season and they have a good squad," the Dane told Ipswich Player HD.

"We can see that and it will be a tough game but we have to go out and play as we have done in the past couple of games because I think we have done well.

"We also need to build on that confidence that we have put in because it will be important for all of us. If we keep playing like we have done in recent weeks then I think we will get a good result which we need.

"Chris Wood has been good this season but we've been up against  a lot of good strikers. We all know what confidence can do to a player, so we have to be ready and make sure he doesn't have the chances.

"If we defend like we have done in recent games then I think we'll be able to keep him quiet and stop him from having chances."

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Skipper, Luke Chambers is a doubt for this weekend having cracked a rib while putting Town in front at Brighton on Tuesday. He put his body in where it hurts and collided with David Stockdale, but still played on for the remainder of the game at the AMEX, although Mick McCarthy is wary things could get worse if he plays with the injury. Christophe Berra is available for selection again having missed Tuesday's game with concussion, and Tommy Smith could be set to make his return to the squad after five months out. Cole Skuse is also available after recovering from an Achilles injury, while Toumani Diagouraga is ineligible and Tom Lawrence is suspended. Steven Taylor (hamstring), Jonny Williams (shoulder) and Giles Coke (knee) remain out.


Leeds will welcome back their captain, Liam Bridcutt after he served his one-match suspension having been sent off in the 2-0 loss to Cardiff. Charlie Taylor is nearing a return, but remains sidelined with an Achilles problem. Other than that, Whites boss, Garry Monk has no fresh injury or suspension concerns for the game.

Where They Stand

Town - 13th
Leeds - 5th

Last Time They Met

Chris Wood netted the only goal as Leeds saw off Town at Elland Road back in September. The New Zealand international rose the highest to head home midway through the first-half, and it was a blow Town couldn't recover from. Wood was denied a second by a last-ditch block from Christophe Berra, and Hadi Sacko put a glorious second-half opportunity wide as Garry Monk's side claimed all three points.

Key Players

Emyr Huws

Having scored the winner at Aston Villa last weekend, the Cardiff loanee had the worst possible start to Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Brighton after having to run down the tunnel to get treatment on a head knock early on. He did return, however, sporting a Terry Butcher-style bandage on his head, and played a big part, again, in securing an impressive away result.

Chris Wood

The Kiwi has scored 22 times in all competitions so far this season, in what looks as if it will be his most successful campaign to date. He picked up January's Player of the Month award having scored six times in four matches as he helped affirm Leeds' position as genuine Play-Off, or even automatic promotion, contenders. He has scored just under half of the Whites' league goals this campaign, and he will certainly be the man Monk will turn to for goals this weekend.

Match Officials

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees: Matt Foley & John Flynn
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 2/1
Draw: 21/10
Leeds: 6/4

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