Ipswich Town V Watford Match Preview.

19/02/2013 10:16

Watford head to Portman Road tonight to play Ipwsich Town in the Championship. The Tractor Boys currently lie in 18th position in the table and have started to become consistent under Mick McCarthy. Currently, the Tractor Boys are on a good run at home as they are unbeaten in 4 and have beaten Blackpool and thrashed Middlesborough 4-1 at Portman Road. In the match earlier this season, Ipswich ran out 1-0 winners after a last minute goal by Michael Chopra. The Golden Boys had numerous chances that night but where unable to convert them. Before that game, Watford had a good record against Town as they were unbeaten in the previous 7 meetings between the two sides.

Team News

For Ipswich, January signing Antony Worswoorth misses out after he suffered a spinal injury in the 1-0 win over Blackpool at the weekend. Striker Daryl Murphy is fit enough to play whilst Lee Martin and former Watford keeper Scott Loach return. Michael Chopra could start for town after socring the winner at the weekend.

For Watford, Gianfranco Zola is boosted by the return of Joel Ekstrand. The Swedish defender has missed the last two games through injury after he limped off in the 2-1 win over Bolton. Fitz Hall, Tommie Hoban and Neuton are all still out. With three games this week, Zola could rotate the side.

Predicted Team Lineups

Ipswich - Henderson (GK), Cresswell, Chambers, Stearman, Smith, Edwards (C), N'daw, Martin, Hyam, Chopra, McGoldrick.

Watford - Almunia (GK)(C), Doyley, Nosworthy, Ekstrand, Cassetti, Chalobah, Battochio, Abdi, Pudil, Forestieri, Geijo.

Referee - Roger East.