Date: 19th January 2018 at 6:57pm
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The arrival of Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and Birmingham City midfielder Stephen Gleeson, will not send our fans into raptures but they are needed at a time when the squad is so seriously depleted.

Tomorrow, the Blues travel to Lancashire to face a struggling Bolton Wanderers side, who find themselves at the foot of the Championship table – although more recently their form has improved with wins against Sheffield United away and Hull City at home to name but two!

And Bolton Wanderers could welcome back midfielder Karl Henry, who has missed their last two encounters with hamstring and back problems but he is expected to face a late fitness test.

Both Cameron Carter-Vickers and Stephen Gleeson will probably be in the squad tomorrow but it looks likely that only Carter-Vickers will start, as Gleeson is struggling for match fitness, having hardly played in the last few weeks with the midlands club.

Bartosz Bialkowski could be back in goal but Jordan Spence serves the last of his three game ban so won’t be involved.

The Tractor Boys have kept clean sheets in five of their last six league games against Bolton, and let us hope this continues but more recently, Bolton have been finding the net more frequently and there is no such thing as an easy three points away from home.

Bolton lost their first five home league games of the season but have since been defeated just once in their last eight games and to make matters worse for Town, they have won their last two!

Ipswich on the other hand, are without a win in their last three league games away and have scored just one solitary goal in the process. Thankfully our attack is not suffering from the injury scourge that has impacted on our defence and midfield this term.

The last time Town beat them away was in December 2012 – shortly after manager Mick McCarthy took charge.

A win tomorrow would do wonders for the players confidence and could see us climb further up the Championship table and presumably, close the gap on the play-off pack still further.

I think however, given the home sides renewed lease of life and Town’s more recent struggles on their travels, a draw is the most likely result tomorrow afternoon.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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