January 1, 2013



0 - 3



15:00 +00:00, January 1, 2013

Portman Road, England

Referee: K Friend

McCarthy set to keep the faith

Team Stat Comparison

Ipswich Town Brighton & Hove Albion
Matches Played 46 46
Table Position 14 4
Points 60 75
Goal Difference -13 26
Goals for * 1.5 1.3
Goals against * 1.2 1.1
Last 5 L-W-D-W-L L-D-W-W-W
Last 5 home W-W-L-W-W L-W-W-D-D
Last 5 away L-D-W-D-D D-W-D-W-D
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Ipswich Town | Brighton & Hove Albion

Competition Stats

Ipswich Town Brighton & Hove Albion
Goals DJ Campbell 10 Craig Mackail-Smith 11
Assists Carlos Edwards 5 Andrea Stabilin Orlandi 11
Yellows Lee Martin 8 Liam Bridcutt 11
Reds Lee Martin 1 Ashley Barnes 2
Squads: Ipswich Town | Brighton & Hove Albion

Next Matches

Ipswich Town Brighton & Hove Albion
4/19 A: Watford 4/18 A: Huddersfield Town
4/21 H: AFC Bournemouth 4/21 H: Blackpool
4/26 A: Burnley 4/25 H: Yeovil Town
5/3 H: Sheffield Wednesday 5/3 A: Nottingham Forest

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is set to name an unchanged team for the sixth successive game when they welcome Brighton to Portman Road.

McCarthy has guided the Blues to seven wins from 12 games since taking charge, which has moved them eight points clear of the relegation places.

With no new injury or suspension concerns, McCarthy is likely to keep faith will all of his starting XI.

The ex-Wolves manager, who led his team to a 2-0 win at his former club on Saturday, has a number of options should he choose to rotate his squad for their fourth game in 11 days.

Experienced pair Nigel Reo-Coker and Michael Chopra made substitute appearances at Molineux and will be pressing for starts.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Jason Scotland offer further attacking options while Danny Higginbotham, who has not featured for the Tractor Boys since November, is also waiting in the wings.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet hopes to have Will Buckley available.

The midfielder, who scored the Seagulls' equaliser the last time the clubs met, missed the 3-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday evening due to a hamstring complaint and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Andrea Orlandi played just under an hour on his return from a rib injury and will hope to keep his starting place, while fellow midfielder Gary Dicker was an unused substitute following a knee problem that had kept him sidelined for a month.

Right-back Bruno also returned to the line-up after overcoming an Achilles issue and should continue in the side.

Poyet's men have gone five games without a win and are six points off the play-off places.