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Match preview: Ipswich Town (A)

7 October 2021

Take a look at the latest stats and facts ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One away fixture with Paul Cook's Ipswich Town.

Shrewsbury Town return to Sky Bet League One action this weekend following their impressive 3-1 midweek win over Wolverhampton Wanderers U21’s in the EFL Trophy.

Second half goals from Tom Bloxham, Louis Lloyd and Rekeil Pyke gave Steve Cotterill’s side the win and the Salop boss will be hoping to build and carry momentum into the weekend.

This weekend Salop make the long journey east to the Portman Road Stadium to face Ipswich Town. Following a busy transfer window for the Tractor Boys,  Paul Cook brought in over 20 first-team players hoping to fire their way back into the Championship following their relegation two seasons ago. However, the home haven’t started the season off as well as they’d have hoped. With only two wins from their opening 10 league games, Ipswich lies one point above the relegation zone.

Paul Cook’s side will be looking to recreate performances such as the 6-0 thrashing of Doncaster Rovers in the league at the end of last month, so Salop needs to make sure they stay focused throughout the match if they’re to leave the East Coast with anything come five o’clock Saturday evening.

Name: Ipswich Town Football Club

Founded: 1878 (142 Years Ago)

Chairman: Mike O’Leary

Biggest Win: 11-0 vs Cromer, FA Cup, 1936

Biggest Defeat: 10-1 vs Fulham, First Division, 1963

Highest League Finish: 2nd, First division, 1974/75, 1980/81, 1981/82

One to Watch: Macauley Bonne

Despite not having the best start to the league season, it’s fair to say that Ipswich Town would be a lot worse off without Macaulay Bonne. The Zimbabwe international re-joined his hometown club and the same club that released him when he was 14-years old, on loan from Championship side Queens Park Rangers in the summer.

Since re-joining Bonne has started life in League One brilliantly. The Tractor Boys have scored 19 goals in the league so far with nine of them coming from Bonne alone. He currently sits joint second in the race for the golden boot alongside Plymouth Argyle forward Ryan Hardie. Only Morecambe striker Cole Stockton has scored more goals in the league with nine strikes so far. It’s clear to see that Bonne poses the biggest threat for Salop and Steve Cotterill will need to make sure that his defenders are at their very best if they’re to keep Bonne quiet.

Officials:

Referee: WILL FINNIE
Assistants: Stuart Butler and Garry Maskell
Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter

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