League Cup Preview – Ipswich Town
The League Cup arrives once again at Selhurst Park in it’s new guise, the Carabao Cup which could easily been mistaken to be a fixture due to take place at Portman Road after a mix up with the draw.
Regardless, the Eagles welcome Ipswich Town to Selhurst Park which will be their first visit since November 2012 where Palace ran out 5-0 winners. This fixture will no doubt be quite different as the Tractor Boys have started their season in great form with a 100% record in the Championship.
With managers in the top division taking a dim view of the competition particularly in the early stages, it is difficult to predict what kind of line up these two sides will put out. Whether Frank de Boer will use this match to blood a few academy players or maybe look to continue the education of his first choice players with the new style and formation.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy will also face a dilemma no doubt particularly after such a good start to the season and may also look to hand a start to some fringe players.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Bakary Sako, Pape Souare, Jairo Reidewald, Wilfried Zaha and Connor Wickham will all miss out due to injury. There could be a start for both Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur. Neither Sullay KaiKai or Jason Lokilo appeared for the academy side against Bolton Wanderers last night so could also feature.
IPSWICH – A growing injury list now includes Emyr Huws while David McGoldrick is unavailable as he waits the birth of a child so Mick McCarthy is expected to make a number of changes after admitting he only has eight fit first team players.
The last time the two sides met was at Portman Road in April 2013 for what turned out to be a rather one sided affair. All three goals were scored in the final eight minutes of the first half as the hosts ran riot. Frank Nouble got the Tractor Boys on their way with Aaron Cresswell doubling their lead soon after. Nouble grabbed his second and Ipswich’s third.
Two players started that day for Palace who are regular first teams still to this day – Joel Ward and Wilfried Zaha.
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 16/04/2013 Ipswich Town 3-0 Crystal Palace
- 06/11/2012 Crystal Palace 5-0 Ipswich Town
- 14/04/2012 Crystal Palace 1-1 Ipswich Town
- 22/10/2011 Ipswich Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 09/04/2011 Ipswich Town 2-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 19/08/2017 Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 12/08/2017 Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town
- 21/05/2017 Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 14/05/2017 Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City
- 06/05/2017 Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Ipswich;
- 19/08/2017 Ipswich Town 2-0 Brentford
- 15/08/2017 Millwall 3-4 Ipswich Town
- 12/08/2017 Barnsley 1-2 Ipswich Town
- 08/08/2017 Luton Town 0-2 Ipswich Town
- 05/08/2017 Ipswich Town 1-0 Birmingham Town
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Joe Garner 8.07
- Grant Ward 7.75
- Wayne Hennessey 7.51
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek 7.47
There have been more departures from Portman Road than arrivals but those that have come in are likely to make an impact for the Tractor Boys. Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn arrived from Rangers for undisclosed fees while Tom Adeyemi has joined from Cardiff City on a free. Of those that have exited the club, Kundai Benyu has joined Celtic and Brett Pitman signed for Portsmouth.
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Blackburn Rovers, Carlisle United, Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town (loan), Scunthorpe United (loan), Watford, Carlisle United (loan), Preston North End, Rangers
The 29 year old has started the season in fine form with three goals in four league games after joining from Rangers in June for a fee believed to be in the region of £1million. Born in Blackburn, the striker joined the academy at his local club Rovers. Having never made a first team appearance, he signed for Carlisle in 2007 after a successful loan stint.
An impressive 14 goals in 31 games for the Cumbrians encouraged Nottingham Forest to sign him in 2008. After several spells on loan and a permanent deal at Watford which did not work out, Garner found a home at Preston North End where he scored 49 goals in 129 appearances before heading to Scotland in 2016.
The journeyman has represented England at under 16, 17 and 19 levels.
Final league position – 8th
It has been a good start for Mick McCarthy’s side in the Championship this season in what is always a very competitive division. The test will be when potential injuries and suspensions start to grip the squad and that is when the quality of the fringe players will come into play. Ipswich have a decent side but it remains to be seen if they have a squad capable of challenging come the end of the season but it would be great to see the Suffolk side back in the top division.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Ipswich Town Talk’s prediction (see link below) – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 4/11
- Draw – 10/3
- Away – 7/1
- Both teams to score – evens