Date: Tuesday 4th November
Venue: Portman Road
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Wolves travel to an in form Ipswich on Tuesday night knowing a win could send them top of the Championship. Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Birmingham kept Wolves in fourth place and only two points off two spot. Whilst hosts Ipswich are also in and around the top spots, as Saturday’s 0-2 win at Blackpool saw them climb to 8th and only five points off leaders Watford.
Kenny Jackett’s Wolves will be looking to find their cutting edge once again when they visit Portman Road on Tuesday evening, after enduring a frustrating afternoon against blues on Saturday. Wolves didn’t create too many clear cut chances but when they did Darran Randolph was there to deny them. Bakary Sako was a constant threat when he was introduced from the bench, and that should mean he is now fit to start the game on Tuesday after playing 30 minutes. It would be no suprise to see Jackett start Sako, as Wolves looked a much bigger attacking threat when the Mali international came on. Consequently Leon Clarke could drop to the bench to make way for top scorer Sako.
Striker Nouha Dicko is a major doubt for the game with a hamstring injury. So Liam Mcalinden is expected to start up front again.
Hosts Ipswich will have renewed confidence ahead of the match after earning their first win in six games after beating Blackpool on Saturday. Goals from David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy were enough to send the tractor boys eighth and record their sixth win of the campaign. Manager Mick McCarthy has mastered a remarkable turnaround since the sides last met in 2012, guiding the club to safety in his first season and now turning them turning them into promotion candidates two years on. And Mick may opt to name an unchanged side from the Blackpool win, in search of his second win against the club he spent six and a half glorious years at.
The only injury worry for Ipswich is goalkeeper Dean Gerken as he suffered an injury during the warm-up for the Blackpool game.
The Irish Striker already has eight goals this season and will be a threat to the Wolves defence at all times.
Even though Sako only managed a substitute appearance on Saturday, his instant impact and ability to go past players showed how important he is to Wolves. He will be the man that could hurt Ipswich out of nowhere.
- The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 0-2 victory for Ipswich.
- Wolves have won their last two matches at Portman Road 0-2.
- In the last four meetings the home side has failed to score.
- Wolves have kept a clean sheet in three of the last four meetings.
Match odds: Via Sky Bet
Match result – Ipswich win – 11/8 Draw – 12/5 Wolves win – 19/10
Wolves to win 0-1 – 7/1
Draw 1-1 – 5/1
Ipswich to win 1-0 – 6/1
Bakary Sako – 11/2
Liam Mcalinden – 13/2
Daryl Murphy – 5/1
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