As we now emerge into the second half of the season, it’s now where we can start to realistically think if we will have a chance at automatic promotion or if we will have to settle for the dreaded play-offs. The first game, in what will be a long second part of the season, is the visit of Ipswich to The AMEX.
Mick McCarthy could name the same team for the 7th straight game on Tuesday, but Ryan Fraser is pushing for a start after impressing in the last 2 games. However, David McGoldrick and Teddy Bishop (both hamstring) are out until the new year. Top scorers Daryl Murphy, Brett Pitman and Freddie Sears will be looking to add to their tallies of 6. Ipswich will equal a club record fifth consecutive away win if they are victorious.
Chris Hughton had a huge defensive injury problem, with Gordon Greer leaving the Brentford game early due to a hamstring injury sustained; this leaves only 5 fully fit first team defenders avaliable. Tomer Hemed and Bobby Zamora could well resume their partnership, after James Wilson came off at half time due to illness.
Earlier In The Season (ITFC  –  BHAFC 29/8/15);
In the early season encounter at Portman Road, Brighton came out trumps with a 3-2 win, which kept them top of the table at the end of August. Tomer Hemed (2) and Kazenga LuaLua were both on the scoresheet for the Seagulls, while a Sears strike and a McGoldrick penalty got the goals for the Tractor Boys.
In the 15 game between the 2 sides, there have been 5 wins for both teams with 5 draws. Brighton have won the last 2 games (both 3-2), but Ipswich won the previous 3 before that (all 2-0). With both team needing the 3 points for different reasons, it should be a very tight and closely contested game; expect a very low-scoring game (unlike the last 2).
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Calderon;
La Parra, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy;
Brighton 1-0 Ipswich