Aston Villa vs Ipswich Town
Sky Bet Championship
15:00 – Saturday 25th November 2017
Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa will welcome Mick McCarthy and his Ipswich team to Villa Park for the second game in B6 this week.
Steve Bruce’s men will hope to build on their two wins they have picked up away at Queens Park Rangers and home to Sunderland in mid-week. Villa does have their injury problems at the minute but they can’t allow it to get them down as the games come thick and fast in the Championship. They currently sit fifth in the Championship and are currently five points adrift of the automatic spots.
Ipswich are a classic McCarthy side, hard to beat and willing to put in a shift. It won’t be an easy fixture for Bruce and his team as it proved last season when the Tractor Boys sat back for the majority of the game and robbed all three points with a late winner. Ipswich has drawn both their games this week 2-2 so clearly showing that they aren’t solid at the back but also have an eye for goal. They currently sit ninth in the Championship, just three points outside the playoff positions.
Jonathan Kodjia has all but been ruled out for the rest of the season. He has been to see a specialist and will have another operation on his ankle.
Scott Hogan will be out for about a month while John Terry is making good progress and they still hope he will be back for the busy Christmas period.
Ipswich will be without striker David McCormack who has a deep gash to his groin. Luke Hyam and Andre Donzzell are missing following knee surgery while midfielder Teddy Bishop is close following a groin problem but today’s game could come too early for him.
- Aston Villa hasn’t lost back to back games at Villa Park to Ipswich since 1981.
- Despite scoring four goals in two games, Ipswich hasn’t scored more than 1 goal against Villa in League football since a 3-0 win in 1984.
- Ipswich has failed to keep a clean sheet in 16 away games. There last coming at Villa Park last season.
- Albert Adomah has scored eight goals from 11 shots on target this season.
There are still tickets available with around 31,000 expected at Villa Park. Ipswich will bring around 1,300 supporters with them.
Adults tickets are available from £20, Under 16’s from £5. Purchase tickets here.
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