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.
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.
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