Two teams riding high in the top half of the Npower Championship table face each other at Portman Road on Tuesday night as ninth placed Ipswich Town take on second placed Southampton. Both teams will be looking for a win to give them impressive starts to the season.
After an impressive 3-0 victory over Bristol City on the opening weekend of the Npower Championship season, the Tractor Boys’ form has altered and they crashed out of the League Cup to Npower League Two side Northampton Town last week as well as losing at home to Nigel Pearson’s Hull City side.
Ipswich manager Paul Jewell was unhappy with the lack of chances his side created and will look to correct that problem against the Saints. New Ipswich loan signing Keith Andrews could make his first start after his signing from Blackburn last week.
Southampton’s form this season has been impressive and they have won their two opening Npower Championship fixtures as well as a victory over Torquay United in the Carling Cup. Nigel Adkins’ men have impressed since their promotion from the Npower League One and picked up a tough three points away at Barnsley last weekend thanks to David Connolly’s header in the first half.
Richard Chaplow’s dismissal at Oakwell means he will miss the fixture against Ipswich on Tuesday, but Nigel Adkins still has a fully fit squad at his disposal to pick from for the game.
Head to Head
The last time these two sides met was in the FA Cup last season and the Saints came out 2-1 winners in a victory at St. Mary’s. The record between the two sides when the Saints were last in the Npower Championship between 2005 and 2009 was quite even with the Tractor Boys winning three meetings, the Saints winning two and three draws occurring. These two sides don’t give an inch against each other and it is bound to be a close contest at Portman Road.