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Match Preview: Ipswich Town

All the information ahead of this weekend's clash with The Tractor Boys

6 April 2018

Brentford host Ipswich Town at Griffin Park on Saturday after collecting four points from their last two games in the Sky Bet Championship.

The opposition

Brentford welcome The Tractor Boys on Saturday who are without a win from their last five games. The Club also revealed last week that Manager Mick McCarthy will be leaving his post at the end of the season.

After four wins from four at the start of the season, Town looked set for a big year. However, their run in September and October saw them drop points with six defeats in two months. Since November, eight wins has them sat just below The Bees in 12th.

On 19 August, Brentford lost 2-0 to McCarthy's side at Portman Road after Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn scored either side of half-time. This was part of the eight-game run at the start of the season where Brentford couldn't seem to find a win.

Their last three games has seen them take three defeats to Hull, Bristol City and Birmingham. A penalty from Jota was the difference against The Blues, with the points gap between The Bees and tomorrow's opposition opening up to five over Easter.

Team News

Florian Jozefzoon finished the game against Bristol City with a knock and his place in the team could be in doubt this weekend. Rico Henry is still missing and has been since he picked up an injury against Middlesbrough earlier this season.

Brentford's Lewis Macleod has returned to training this week and could get himself back into the squad after missing out last weekend through injury.

Ipswich are without forwards Joe Garner and David McGoldrick for the rest of the season so McCarthy will surely opt for Waghorn up top. 

The Manager

The division's longest serving manager is the man in charge of Ipswich until the end of this season. McCarthy has been at the helm at Ipswich since late 2012 and has been working as a manager for more than 25 years. After a successful playing career that saw him win 57 Republic of Ireland caps and play domestically for Manchester City and Celtic among others, he took over as Millwall Player-Manager in early 1992. The 59-year-old has barely been out of work since.

He took over as Ireland boss in 1996 and led them to the 2002 World Cup before spending three years at Sunderland and almost six at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He took both in to the Premier League, albeit he was sacked by both when facing relegation back to the second tier. He took over with Ipswich in relegation trouble but led them to safety and then followed that up by finishing in ninth, sixth – when they lost to Norwich City in the Play-Offs – and seventh before dropping down the table last year.

Pre-Match Views

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Daniel Bentley: 'If opportunity knocks, I'm there to keep the door closed'

Opposition View: Stuart Watson of the Ipswich Star talks to us about The Tractor Boys

Match Coverage

iFollow will be hosted by Mark Burridge on Saturday, with live commentary starting at 2:30. Special guest Marcus Gayle will be joining him at Griffin Park to give his take on the action.

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