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MATCH PREVIEW: IPSWICH TOWN v CARDIFF CITY

30 October 2015


Venue: Portman Road
Date: Saturday 31st October, 3pm K.O.

The Bluebirds travel to Suffolk to take on thirteenth-place Ipswich Town at Portman Road.


THE OPPOSITION



After drawing away to Brentford on opening day, three league wins on the bounce put Ipswich Town top of the Sky Bet Championship in August. However, Mick McCarthy’s men have recorded just one win from the nine league matches since, leaving them in mid-table.

The Tractor Boys have shared the goals with Ryan Fraser, Freddie Sears and David McGoldrick netting eleven strikes between them. Young winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also one to watch, having impressed on his loan spell from Arsenal.

Elsewhere in the side they’ve struggled with injuries, with young midfielders Luke Hyam and Teddy Bishop among the long-term absentees, although the latter is close to a return. Jonathon Douglas and Cole Skuse have filled the void, while Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra and Tommy Smith have been almost ever-present at the back.

CLUB CONNECTIONS



Former Bluebirds Alan Lee, Mark Kennedy and Michael Chopra all made the switch to Ipswich after their time in South Wales.

Both Lee and Chopra starred up front for City, with Chopra's sixty five strikes putting him in the Bluebirds' top fifteen all time scorers. At Ipswich, he went on to net nineteen times, while Lee scored thirty-four goals in his two and a half years with the Club.

Meanwhile, former Manchester City and Wolves winger Kennedy, who took up the left-back berth at City and Ipswich, is now manager of their U21 Development side.

MEMORABLE MEETING

Cardiff City 2-1 Ipswich Town
28th Nov 2005, Ninian Park

The Bluebirds earned their first victory over Ipswich Town in forty years thanks to Jason Koumas’s dramatic winner.


Ipswich were reduced to ten men after just thirteen minutes when Fabian Wilnis took down City striker Cameron Jerome. Veteran forward Michael Ricketts’s penalty was saved by Town’s Lewis Price, but the former England international soon got on the score-sheet, hitting home Joe Ledley’s through ball after thirty minutes.

Despite being a man down, the Tractor Boys performed well, and thought they had secured a point when Monaco loanee Jimmy Juan hit home a superb free-kick with five minutes remaining. However, as City committed men forward, Jason Koumas controlled the ball on his chest in the box, regained his footing after stumbling, and slammed the ball past Price to take the three points.

Cardiff City: Alexander, Weston, Cox, Loovens, Barker, Koumas, Whitley, Ledley, Parry, Jerome, Ricketts (Lee 88).
Subs Not Used: Ardley, Boland, Mulryne, Margetson.

Ipswich Town: Price, Sito, Wilnis, De Vos, McEveley (Horlock 15), Magilton (Clarke 65), Richards, Juan, Williams, Forster, Naylor, Clarke (Currie 87).
Subs Not Used: Proudlock, Supple.

DON'T MISS A MOMENT

TICKETS:Onlinewww.eticketing.co.uk/cardiffcity Phone: 0845 345 1400 *Tickets are on sale from the Cardiff City Ticket Office until 5pm today (30/10/2015)*

LISTEN: Supporters can listen in live on Cardiff City Player HD* for all the action from Ipswich vs City.

WATCH: Extended highlights of the match will be available to subscribers of Cardiff City Player HD*.

SOCIAL: Live updates from Portman Road will come via our official Twitter account, @CardiffCityFC.

*Search ‘Cardiff City’ on the App Store and Google Play Store to view Cardiff City Player HD on Smart Phones, with content available to subscribers 24/7.



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