Match Guide: Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday

Atdhe Nuhiu scores the opening goal against Ipswich in September
Atdhe Nuhiu scores the opening goal against Ipswich in September
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Sheffield Wednesday have yet to win since being taken over and while Ipswich are in a poor run of form, the Owls won’t have it easy after a long trip to Suffolk tonight.

POSSIBLE TEAMS

Ipswich: Bialkowski; Chambers, Smith, Berra, Mings; Anderson, Bru, Skuse, Tabb or S Hunt; McGoldrick or Sears, Murphy.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood; Vermijl, Lees, Dielna, Mattock; Semedo or Baker, Hutchinson, Lee or McGugan; Maghoma or Bus, Helan, Keane.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Daryl Murphy is one of the Championship’s most feared forwards. Republic of Ireland international Murphy, a boyhood Celtic fan, is the man spearheading Ipswich Town’s attempt to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2002. The 31-year-old, who scooped the Championship player of the month for December, is the division’s leading scorer with 18 goals. Following three loan spells at Portman Road, Murphy joined Ipswich on a permanent basis in June 2013. He scored 13 times last season.

HISTORY LESSON

You have to go back to October 2012 for the last time the Owls beat Ipswich Town. They ran-out 3-0 winners at Portman Road courtesy of a brace from Everton loanee Ross Barkley and a strike by Michail Antonio. Three of the last four meetings between the two sides have finished one apiece, with Ipswich edging the other encounter 2-1 on the final day of last season thanks to goals by Tommy Smith and Paul Green. Right-back turned midfielder Kieran Lee was on target for Wednesday.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Stuart Attwell: It will be the second time in the space of a month the Warwickshire referee has taken charge of an Owls match. The former Premier League whistler officiated their 1-0 home defeat to Wolves, dishing out yellow cards to Kieran Lee and Atdhe Nuhiu. Attwell set the record as the youngest top flight referee aged 25 but was demoted following a series of controversial calls.

BETTING (Sky Bet)

Ipswich 1/1 Draw 12/5 Sheffield Wednesday 11/4

WORTH A PUNT

A repeat 1-1 scoreline from the match at Hillsborough is 5/1

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