Ipswich Town vs Brentford, Portman Road, Sky Bet Championship, kick-off 3pm
Ipswich played out their 15th season of Championship football in a row last year, finishing four points clear of the relegation zone. They were one of the league's most changeable teams week by week as results went from wins to draws to defeats every match. Their longest winning streak was two, Burton and Newcastle in April, while their defeats went one better with three in a row to end the season. Their decline towards the bottom of the league wasn't helped in February and March, where they nothced a six-game drawing run ended only by Cardiff City away from home.
In the cup competitions, Ipswich didn't get very far. They crashed out of the EFL Cup in the First Round after losing 1-0 to Stevenage. They were also one of Lincoln City's conquests on their way to a Quarter-Final with Arsenal.
This season has seen The Tractor Boys win four from four, giving their fans hope of a strong 17/18 campaign. An opening day win over Birmingham City was followed up by a 2-0 victory against luton Town to see them through to the next round of the Carabao Cup. Narrow wins have since come against Barnsley and Millwall.
Last time out Brentford left Portman Road with a point after a 1-1 draw with Ipswich. Nico Yennaris scored to level out an earlier strike from Emyr Huws.
Mick McCarthy is the Championship's longest serving manager. Capped by Republic of Ireland in his playing days, the Barnsley-born 58-year-old has been in charge since 2012.
A career that spanned from the 1970s to the early 1990s had him make appearances for Barnsley, Manchester City, Celtic, Lyon and Millwall. Moving into management with The Lions in 1992, he soon followed that with a spell in charge of his national team. After Jack Charlton had resigned, he guided the squad to the knockout stages of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He later managed Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining The Blues alongside long-time assistant Terry Connor.
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