Ipswich v Arsenal

10 January 2011 04:20
Ipswich will be without on-loan duo Jake Livermore and Rory Fallon, who are both ineligible having played for their parent clubs in earlier rounds.Grant Leadbitter is still banned, but Gareth McAuley should again start despite his recent hamstring injury. [LNB]Arsenal's defence is down to its bare bones after Sebastien Squillaci injured his hamstring at the weekend. [LNB]Emmanuel Eboue is expected to continue at right-back in the continued absence of the suspended Bacary Sagna. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Having been thumped 7-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday, Ipswich now turn their attention to another domestic cup competition, knowing a similar result would put a place in the final out of reach before the second leg, by which time new manager Paul Jewell will be installed at Portman Road. [LNB]Coach Ian McParland will remain in charge until after Wednesday's game and fans will hope that the news of Jewell's arrival will fire up a side lacking in confidence and low on form - Ipswich are currently sitting in a season-low 19th place in the Championship table, just three points above the relegation zone. [LNB][LNB] It's been a real whirlwind and I don't want to cause a distraction... I will be in the stands on Wednesday night New Ipswich manager Paul Jewell Jewell's appointment will have surprised many, especially as it has now been over two years since his last job: an ill-fated 13-month spell at Derby between 2007/08, which part-coincided with the Rams recording a Premier League record low of just 11 points. [LNB]However, his CV also boasts two promotions to the top flight with unfancied sides Bradford and Wigan. He also led Wigan to the 2006 League Cup final, which included a semi-final win over Arsenal. The Ipswich board will be hoping he can emulate that feat six years on, and ultimately win a hat-trick of promotions to the Premier League. [LNB]Arsenal are odds on favourites to lift the League Cup at Wembley next month but will not be taking their struggling Championship rivals lightly, especially as it is now almost six years since the Gunners last won a trophy - the FA Cup in 2005. [LNB]Manager Arsene Wenger knows this competition represents the club's best opportunity of getting that particular monkey off their back, and in the process giving his young squad that winning feeling for the first time. Robin van Persie is the only player still at the club who played in that FA Cup-winning side - aged 21, he came off the bench to score one of the penalties as the Gunners won the trophy on spot-kicks. [LNB]Head-to-head[LNB]• Arsenal have won eight of the last nine league meetings between the sides, the exception being a 1-1 draw at Portman Road in September 2000. [LNB]• Ipswich emerged victorious in the last League Cup encounter. Jamie Scowcroft scored an 89th-minute winner in a 2-1 third round match at Highbury in November 2000. Igor Stepanovs had earlier equalised for an under-strength Arsenal side. [LNB]• Ipswich's only domestic cup victory came against Arsenal in the 1978 FA Cup final. Roger Osbourne scored the only goal of the game. [LNB][LNB] Will Arsenal end their trophy drought this season? Ipswich[LNB]• The Suffolk club have certainly lacked punch in recent weeks with 10 league defeats in their last 14 league games. [LNB]• Ipswich saw off Premier League opposition in the last round with a 1-0 home win over West Brom, although they required extra time in rounds one and two to see off lower league Exeter and Crewe. [LNB]• Town have only ever beaten four sides from a higher division in the League Cup: Southampton in 1967/68, Manchester United during the 1997/98 campaign, Middlesbrough in 2002/03 and West Brom this season. [LNB]• Paul Jewell's last game as a manager was a 1-0 home defeat against Ipswich in December 2008, when he was in charge of Derby. [LNB]Arsenal[LNB]• Arsenal have drawn three of their last four games in all competitions. Their only win so far this year came in a 3-0 win at Birmingham on New Year's Day. [LNB]• The Gunners have won seven of 10 cup matches this season. They lost away to Shakhtar Donetsk and Braga in the Champions League, and drew at home to Leeds in the FA Cup last Saturday. [LNB]• Arsene Wenger's men needed extra time to see off north London rivals Tottenham in the third round of this season's League Cup. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Ipswich[LNB]Scotland: 7 goals (0 in League Cup); Norris: 6 goals (3 in League Cup) [LNB][LNB]Arsenal[LNB]Nasri: 13 goals (2 in League Cup); Chamakh: 10 goals (0 in League Cup) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Martin Atkinson [LNB]Assistant referees: Andy Garratt & Peter Kirkup [LNB]Fourth official: Andre Marriner

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