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Ipswich Preview - Away, Dec 26th

Watford could hammer the final nail in Roy Keane's Ipswich coffin this weekend if they hand out another beating for the Suffolk side.

It's been an ultimately disappointing season for Keane's men after a strong start to the 2010/11 campaign.


Currently situated in 17th in the N.Power Championship the Tractor Boys lost exciting winger Andros Townsend back to Spurs recently after Harry Redknapp re-called the youngster.

Loans were incoming before the end of the loan window in the shape of West Brom's Dutch full-back Gianni Zuiverloon and New Zealand striker Rory Fallon, currently property of Plymouth Argyle.

Ipswich Town Team News: Irish 'keeper Brian Murphy has broken his ankle and will be out for three motnhs so Hungarian stopper Marton Fulop will be between the sticks.

Full back Mark Kennedy is back to fitness after two spells on the sidelines so should start at left-back whilst Alan Quinn is on his way back from a groin problem.

Line-up Vs. Leicester City : Fulop; Zuiverloon, Smith, Delaney, Kennedy; Norris (c), Leadbitter, Colback, O'Connor; Fallon and Scotland.

Key Player: Jason Scotland - The powerful Trinidad & Tobago cap signed from Wigan Athletic in the Summer and has immediately re-taken to the N.Power Championship. Seven goals in his first 18 starts for the Tractor Boys make the 31 year-old an integral part of Keane's forward line.

Ex-Hornet: Tamas Priskin - Finally settling into life at Portman Road which saw him loaned to QPR last year after a 1.6m move from the Vic. The seven-goal Hungarian international has five goals for Town this season.

Home Form: Ipswich Town 1-0 West Brom (CC), Ipswich Town 1-3 Swansea City and Ipswich Town 3-0 Leicester City.

Head2Head Form: Ipswich Town 0-0 Watford (08/09), Ipswich Town 1-1 Watford, Watford 2-1 Ipswich Town (09/10) and Watford 2-1 Ipswich Town (10/11)

Watford Team News: Malky Mackay is without the services of Stephen McGinn so Will Buckley may play down the left though the Scot would surely be tempted to stick with a winning system and introduce one of Ross Jenkins, Josh Walker, Matty Whichelow or Michael Byran.

Likely Line-up: Loach; Doyley, Mariappa, M.Taylor, A.Taylor; Eustace (c); Cowie, Mutch, Walker; Buckley and Graham.

Away Form: Burnley 3-2 Watford, Barnsley 0-0 Watford and QPR 1-3 Watford.




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Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 23 2010

Time: 9:09PM

 

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