Sky Bet Championship
Ipswich Town v Burnley
Tuesday 18th August (7.45pm)
The Clarets head to Portman Road looking to build on an unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign.
After a draw against Leeds United on the opening day, Sean Dyche’s men came from behind twice in Saturday’s televised clash with Birmingham City to draw 2-2.
Michael Keane scored his first goal for the club to level things up at 1-1, and after a contentious penalty decision, which was converted by Paul Caddis, Matt Taylor’s exquisite free-kick ensured a share of the spoils.
Meanwhile, hosts Ipswich Town will be looking to build on a 2-1 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Goals from Freddie Sears and Tommy Smith were enough to secure their first league win of the season.
Mick McCarthy’s men lost out in the Play-Off semi-final against neighbours Norwich City last term and will look to go one better this time around.
Ipswich Town: DWW - -
Burnley: DLD - -
Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy helped fire Ipswich to the Play-Offs last season with 27 goals in all competitions.
The 32-year-old striker was linked with a number of clubs in the summer after an impressive goals return. After hitting the 25-goal mark against Nottingham Forest in the 2014/15 campaign, he became the first
Town player to reach that mark since Ray Crawford in 1963.
Murphy has worked with Mick McCarthy previously at Sunderland, and is likely to be a key man if they are to be in the promotion mix come May.
Burnley (Kightly 54’) 1-0 Ipswich Town
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Kightly (Stanislas 63), Jones, Marney, Arfield (Wallace 71), Barnes, Ings (Treacy 90 +2:44)
Subs not used: Cisak, Edgar, Baird, Long
Ipswich: Gerken, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell, Green, Richardson (Taylor 65), Skuse, Hunt (Nouble 66), Williams, Murphy
Subs not used: Loach, Mings, Tabb, Veseli, Marriott
Burnley will again be without injured duo Matt Lowton (shin) and Fredrik Ulvestad (ankle) for the trip to Portman Road.
New signing Rouwen Hennings has not yet received international clearance to play for the Clarets and a decision will be on whether he will travel with the group.
Simon Hooper will take charge of the Clarets’ Sky Bet Championship trip to Ipswich Town.
The Wiltshire official has been in charge of three fixtures this season, issuing 4 yellow cards and no red cards in the process.
In the 2014/15 campaign, he officiated 40 games and showed the yellow card 131 times, but dismissed just four players.
The last time he was the man in the middle for a Clarets fixture, Burnley won 2-1 against Leeds United at Turf Moor. Two players were booked that day – David Jones and Jason Pearce.
Mr Hooper will be assisted by Mr R Whitton, Mr S Butler and Fourth Official Mr C Breakspear.
Sean Dyche: “I think they’ll be building on a couple of close seasons again. They’ve managed to keep their main striker who scored for fun last season.
“They’ve added again and Mick knows how he wants his team to play. They’ll be trying to force their team up the division again.
“I’ve got a respect for Mick, he’s been in the game a long time and that’s because he’s good at what he does.”
Mick McCarthy: “Burnley were a good footballing team when they went up a couple of years ago as well as being tough and resolute. They're difficult to beat as well which is something you need in this league.
“They still a number of players from promotion in the 2013/14 season and with Sean Dyche in charge, I'm sure they'll be challenging."
Burnley are 12/5 to register their first win of the season against 23/20 priced Ipswich Town tonight at Portman Road.
The Clarets secured their first win at Ipswich since 1970 in the 2013/14 campaign when Scott Arfield’s header earned them a 0-1 win.
A repeat of that scoreline with Jelle Vossen scoring his first goal for the club is priced at 35/1.
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