A look at Saturday’s clash as Blues take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light
Sunderland lie just one place off the foot of the table and will be looking to bounce back after a 3-1 loss to Birmingham last time out. Town remain 12th following a narrow defeat at home to Wolves last weekend.
Sunderland - 6/15 points.
Nottingham Forest (A) W 1-0
Barnsley (H) L 1-0
Cardiff (A) L 4-0
Hull (H) W 1-0
Birmingham (A) L 3-1
Town - 4/15 points.
Derby (H) L 2-1
Fulham (A) L 4-1
Leeds (H) W 1-0
Bolton (A) D 1-1
Wolves (H) L 1-0
Last time we met: Town 5-2 Sunderland 26/09/17
Town romped to a 5-2 win when the two sides last met in September. Martyn Waghorn, Jordan Spence, Bersant Celina, David McGoldrick and Grant Ward were all on the score sheet as Blues put on a show in front of the Portman Road crowd. Billy Jones and Aiden McGeady netted for the visitors but it was Mick McCarthy’s side who were in control throughout.
Previous meetings at Stadium of Light:
13.01.07 Sunderland 1-0 Town
21.11.04 Sunderland 2-0 Town
30.09.03 Sunderland 3-2 Town
18.08.01 Sunderland 1-0 Town
27.01.01 Sunderland 1-0 Town
One to watch: Ashley Fletcher
Sunderland’s deadline day signing, Ashley Fletcher, will be looking to make an immediate mark with the Black Cats and could be involved at the weekend. Fletcher is pedigree material having started his career with Manchester United, and could be just what Chris Coleman’s side need to avoid relegation this term.
Could be the difference: Mustapha Carayol
New recruit Muzzy is an experienced Championship campaigner and will be hoping to make a strong first impression for Blues at the weekend.
Referee – Darren England
Assistants – Nick Greenhalgh & Billy Smallwood
Fourth official – Tom Nield
Subscribers to iFollow Ipswich can get live commentary of the game from the Stadium of Light with overseas subscribers able to watch live streaming of the match.