Facts and stats ahead of big game at Portman Road
Ipswichv Burnley (kick-off 3pm)
Burnley and Ipswich could barely go into Saturday’s meeting at Portman Road in more contrasting moods.
While the Clarets have won four of their last five games – and both of Sean Dyche’s first two games in charge – to climb into the top ten of the Championship, Ipswich are rooted to the foot of the table.
The Tractor Boys are enduring their worst start to a season outside the top flight and are on their worst ever home winless run of League matches.
Paul Jewell paid the price by losing his job a couple of weeks ago and was replaced by Mick McCarthy as manager.
The former Wolves boss enjoyed a winning start at Birmingham last weekend but described a 5-0 hammering at Crystal Palace in mid-week as a ‘sobering defeat’.
The experienced McCarthy would appear to have as good a chance as any of rescuing Ipswich from the drop and in his first home game in charge will be hoping for a response from his players, who on paper don’t look a bad bunch.
But confidence must be fragile and with a goal difference of minus 20, by far the worst in the Football League, they can hardly be relishing the prospect of facing a Burnley side Dyche looks like making hard to beat and with a rampant Charlie Austin as its spearhead.
Last ten matches
Ipswich key man
Ipswich have a squad packed with loan signings as a legacy of former manager Paul Jewell’s quest to try and find a winning formula.
Some have made more of an impact than others but striker DJ Campbell appears to have done his bit with three goals in six appearances.
The 30-year-old is on loan from QPR, having failed to make an impact at Loftus Road.
However, he does have proven Championship form, most recently with Blackpool.
Last time out
Burnley 1 (Austin 83) Leeds Utd 0
Burnley: L Grant, J Shackell, M Duff, B Mee (D Lafferty 59), K Trippier, R Wallace, D Marney , C McCann, B Stock (S Vokes 64), M Paterson, C Austin. Subs not used: J Stanislas, M Bartley, D Ings, D Edgar, B Jensen.
Leeds: P Kenny, A Drury (D Pugh 81), J Pearce, L Peltier, S Byram, M Tonge, M Brown, A White (L Varney 86), R Austin, L Becchio, E Diouf. Subs not used: P Green, A Gray, D Norris, P Kisnorbo, J Ashdown.
Crystal Palace 5 (Murray 50pen, 55pen, 63, Bolasie 24, Moritz 90) Ipswich 0
C Palace: J Speroni, P Ramage, J Ward, D Delaney, O Garvan (J Easter 69), K Dikgacoi , Y Bolasie, M Jedinak, J Parr, G Murray (A Moritz 69), W Zaha (D Moxey 87). Subs not used: L Price, S O’Keefe, D Blake, K Appiah.
Ipswich: S Henderson, L Chambers, D Higginbotham, A Cresswell, N Reo-Coker, L Martin, R Wellens (G N'Daw 82), A Drury (T Smith 70), C Edwards, D Murphy (J Emmanuel-Thomas 70), D Campbell. Subs: M Chopra, J Scotland, B Mohsni, S Loach.
Last time at Portman Road21/03/12
Ipswich 1 (Chopra 54) Burnley 0
Ipswich: A McCarthy, T Smith, A Cresswell, D Delaney, G Leadbitter, L Bowyer, L Martin, C Edwards, J Emmanuel-Thomas, D Murphy, M Chopra (I Sonko 89). Subs not used: R Stevenson, J Carson, A Drury, A Lee-Barrett.
Burnley: L Grant, M Duff, D Edgar, K Trippier, D Lafferty (B Mee 53), D Marney (R Wallace 58), C McCann, M Bartley, J Stanislas, J Rodriguez, C Austin (M Paterson 59). Subs not used: B Jensen, J McQuoid.
Burnley: Defender Ben Mee will have a fitness check on a foot injury.
Ipswich: Winger Lee Martin is suspended and striker Paul Taylor misses out through injury.
Stat of the day
Ipswich haven’t won a home League match since the end of March – a run of ten games which is the worst in the club’s history. They are the only club in the Football League without a home win.
Sean Dyche: "It’s about us and about us going to Ipswich, playing our game and going and grabbing the game. I believe in playing to win and the players know that now and we will be going there to play to win.”
Captain Carlos Edwards: “I don’t want to blow my own flute too much but I’m feeling confident going into the game and all the lads are well prepared for the test that Burnley will pose.”
Referee: Mark Brown
Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wed (7.45)
Leicester C v Nottm Forest (12.45)
Barnsley v Huddersfield
Blackburn v Birmingham
Blackpool v Bolton
Cardiff v Hull
Ipswich v Burnley
Leeds v Watford
Millwall v Derby
Peterborough v C Palace
Wolves v Brighton
For Championship table, click HERE