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MATCH PREVIEW | TOWN V BLACKBURN

13 January 2017

Town captain Luke Chambers looks ahead to the visit of Owen Coyle's Rovers

Luke Chambers is wary of the physical threat Blackburn Rovers' top two of Sam Gallagher and Danny Graham will pose as they visit Portman Road this weekend.

The pair have scored 18 Championship goals between them so far this season, and come to Suffolk on the back of two straight victories over Newcastle and QPR in the FA Cup.

"Blackburn have always been quite physical up front, and they've had Gestede and Rhodes for the last few years" he told Ipswich Player HD.

"Now we know all about Danny Graham in this division, he scores goals, and the young lad Sam Gallagher has done very well there too.

"We'll be prepared for them, because they have threats all over the pitch and on their day they can beat anyone as they showed against Newcastle.

"The inconsistencies and randomness in results show that anyone can beat anyone so we need to not just be on our day once every three games but three times three games.

"We need to start playing better, basically. We need to start taking our chances when they come and be a bit more ruthless at both ends of the pitch."

Team News

Town

The Blues will be without David McGoldrick for the visit of Owen Coyle's Rovers side with the striker picking up an ankle knock that will keep him out for two weeks. Brett Pitman is also doubtful due to a back injury, as are Myles Kenlock [calf] and Kevin Bru [ Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse should both be OK to play after missing the FA Cup draw with Lincoln due to knee swelling, but Teddy Bishop [ankle], Tommy Smith [back] Jonny Williams [shoulder], Giles Coke and Luke Hyam [both knee] remain sidelined.


Blackburn

Rovers will be without midfield pair Corry Evans and Craig Conway, with the former suffering with a long-term groin injury, and the latter a hamstring problem. They will, however, be able to call upon the services of Darragh Lenihan who has his suspension after being sent off in a 2-0 defeat to Barnsley on Boxing Day. Adam Henley [hamstring], Elliott Ward [ankle] and Tommie Hoban [shoulder] are long-term absentees.


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Where They Stand

Town: 15th
Blackburn: 22nd

Last Time They Met

There were no goals to speak of at Ewood Park when Town and Blackburn last faced each other back in October. Adam Webster came the closest to grabbing all three points, but was kept out by a smart stop by Jason Steele. Grant Ward and Tom Lawrence both had efforts on goal, but failed to find the back of the net as both sides had to settle for a point.


Key Players

Tom Lawrence

The Blues relied on a couple of pieces of magic from the man on-loan from Leicester City in order to force a replay against Lincoln last weekend, and it's not the first time in the last month he has shown his qualities. He scored a wonderstrike against QPR, and followed that up with those two superb efforts against the Imps. In previous matches, he also set up Kevin Bru's goal in the win over Bristol City, and won a penalty in the 3-2 victory over Wigan, so Town will be looking for some of Tom's touches of class at the weekend.

Danny Graham

Graham and on-loan Southampton man Sam Gallagher, have scored 18 of Rovers' 29 league goals so far this season, with both forwards scoring nine times each. Graham has reached that tally with fewer games played, though, having made 20 appearances to Gallagher's 24, but the former Watford man is certainly on the better run of form at present. He has netted five times in his last six matches including a brace in the 3-2 defeat to Preston at Deepdale, and Owen Coyle will be looking for his potent strike partnership to produce more goals at Portman Road.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 23/20
Draw: 9/4
Blackburn: 5/2

Match Officials

Referee: James Linington
Assistant Referees: Steven Meredith & Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Lee Collins


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