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Ipswich Preview

Sunday is the big one, the East Anglian Derby at Portman Road.

The Tractor Boys welcome Pablo “the human shower” Counago back from his three match suspension for spitting and Shefki Kuqi, David Norris and Jon Walters may all return.

Glenn Roeder reported no new injury worries ahead of the big game, so it’ll be two from Gary Doherty, Jason Shackell and Alex Pearce at the back and two from Ched Evans, Jamie Cureton and Dion Dublin up front. Darren Huckerby is expected to start in what would be his 200th game for the Canaries.

This afternoon’s results were a mixed-bag for both sides. A win for the hosts will taken them back to within a point of the play-off places, whereas a Canary victory will lift the visitors seven points clear of the drop-zone.

Local police have appealed to supporters of both clubs to enjoy the game but to behave “respectfully and responsibly”, so if you’re going to the game be good – and don’t call each other “scum”, it’s not nice.

A few derby facts…

Derby Victories: Ipswich 58, Norwich 51 (27 draws).

Highest Derby Attendances: Ipswich 35,077 (Division One, September 1975) , Norwich 39,890 (FA Cup, January 1962).

League Position: Ipswich 7th, Norwich 16th.

Last Meeting: 4th November 2007 – Norwich 2 Ipswich 2.

Last Meeting at Portman Road: 19th November 2006 – Ipswich 3 Norwich 1.

Top Goalscorer: Ipswich – Walters/Counago (12), Norwich – Cureton (14).

Recently Played for Both Clubs: Andy Marshall.

My Prediction: I originally went for a draw in this game, and I think realistically that is most likely outcome, but there’s no way I’m going for that. Ipswich Town 1 Norwich City 2. Come on you Yellows.

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