Date: 22nd February 2019 at 5:02pm
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Manager Paul Lambert has indicated that there will be few changes tomorrow, after two hard-fought draws, that could have yielded more points. They say never change a winning team but what happens when you have a drawing team? Well, I guess a lot depends on whether those draws could have been converted into victories, and if it had not been for more horrendous mistakes at the back I think they could have been.

The side he has selected over the last two matches have played pretty well. If we could forget our defensive frailties for a moment then any observer of our more recent performances would not think we were ten points adrift at the bottom of the Championship table. We play with confidence still and if we could find the net a bit more frequently and cut out those defensive errors then we really could start to get more points on the board.

Our passing game is good and there are some players in the side with real technical ability. Jon Nolan, Mathew Pennington, Trevoh Chalabah, Alan Judge and Teddy Bishop all fall into this category and there are of course more waiting in the wings but injuries are depriving them of getting involved at the moment.

I think after that Jonas Knudsen error, captain Luke Chambers will come back into the team but James Collins will have to bench warm – along with Cole Skuse. The other change that is imminent is the reintroduction of Flynne Downes in midfield at the expense of Jon Nolan who will probably find himself as one of the seven substitutes along with Dean Gerken, Kaydon Jackson and Aristote Nsiala.  Gwion Edwards might take the remaining subspace.

Wigan defender Danny Fox could feature against Town, after sitting out the draw with Stoke following a head injury.

Nick Powell could also be in contention after recovering from his hamstring injury, but the bad news for the Latics is that Darron Gibson is still out. Interestingly, Wigan Athletic have lost their last three league matches against Ipswich Town so let us hope this run continues! The Tractor Boys have won their last two league visits to the DW Stadium but you have to go back to 2016 for their last match there.

Betting on Ipswich this season has cost me a lot of dosh but I will let my heart rule my head again tomorrow and back them to leave Lancashire with all three points. It will be a good price if you like a wager and remember that the home side has only won twice in their last thirteen games and find themselves in 20th place in the table but still a staggering 14 points ahead of the Blues!

F.W.                        –             editor of Vital Ipswich


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