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Preview: Ipswich (H)

13 April 2018

Nottingham Forest welcome Ipswich Town to The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Aitor Karanka will be keen to secure a win for the home supporters after suffering a frustrating 1-0 defeat by Brentford at The City Ground on Tuesday evening, as The Reds look to finish the remaining five games as strongly as possible.

Ipswich Town have had a rather turbulent week off the field after the early departure of Mick McCarthy following their 1-0 win over Barnsley on Tuesday evening, with caretaker boss Bryan Klug stepping up to oversee The Tractor Boys' final four games of the season. Ipswich currently occupy 12th position in the league table in another respectable season for them.

See below for the pre-match views of Aitor Karanka and Tendayi Darikwa.

Team news

Aitor Karanka could be tempted to make some changes to his side again after Tuesday's loss, leaving them without a win in six games.

Adlene Guedioura and Ben Brereton were both given the chance to impress in the week and they may well keep their place. Matty Cash also impressed off the bench after he made his return from injury and he could also be pushing for a start.

Joe Worrall, Daryl Murphy and David Vaughan are all expected to miss the game through injury.

From the opposition

Ipswich Town caretaker boss Bryan Klug has admitted that he is already losing sleep since taking charge and that he will be looking to the youth coaches and former Forest captain and current Ipswich captain Luke Chambers for some inspiration on the touchline.

The Town head of coaching and player development has taken over from Mick McCarthy (pictured above) until the end of the season after the Irishman's near six-year tenure came to an end on Tuesday, and he is looking for a united performance at The City Ground.

He said: "I have been in and around this club since 1977 and I know it's a fantastic club but it's a much better place to be and much stronger if everyone is pulling together and the supporters have a massive part to play in that.

"Chambo can be massively important for us as well. He knows all the players, knows how to get the best out of them. He's a good captain and intends to be a coach and a manager so he will get some experience of that as well.

"I'm not interested in doing the job at all though going forward. I am going to try and enjoy the experience but I'm already losing sleep over it!"

One to watch - Martyn Waghorn

Striker Martyn Waghorn is The Tractor Boys' top goalscorer this season with 12 goals to his name, one of those coming against Forest in their 4-2 win at Portman Road earlier this season.

The former Leicester City and Wigan Athletic forward has proved to be a real coup since his arrival from Rangers at the start of the season and his goals have been vital to Ipswich's steady campaign.

Last visit

Tickets

Tickets are still available with fantastic prices across the ground once again. It is Kids for a Quid and students can watch the game for just £5.

Full details can be found here.

Coverage

There will be a live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Aston Villa v Leeds (Friday, 7.45pm)
Sheffield United v Millwall (1pm)
Barnsley v Bolton
Burton v Derby
Hull v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Bristol City
Norwich v Cardiff
QPR v Preston
Reading v Sunderland
Fulham v Brentford (5.30pm)
Wolves v Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm)


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