Ipswich v Watford

19 October 2009 03:15
Coca Cola Championship Venue: Portman Road Date: Tuesday 20 October 2009 Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio TEAM NEWS Ipswich striker Tamas Priskin could return to face his former club, while defender Alex Bruce is hoping to play following a groin problem. Goalkeeper Richard Wright is available, but manager Roy Keane is expected to keep faith with Asmir Begovic. Watford will assess the fitness of John Eustace and Heidar Helguson. Eustace has been ill and Iceland striker Helguson, who has a calf problem, is hoping to make his 300th appearance for an English club. MATCH PREVIEW Under-pressure manager Roy Keane insists Ipswich are "making progress" despite being bottom of the Championship and the only team in the top four divisions not to have won a game this season. There were signs of a revival during Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Swansea, and Keane's side badly need to build on that momentum against Watford. But the Hornets have surprised some this season and seem like a team that will relish the chance to exploit any anxiety struggling Town show at Portman Road. Watford are 12th and have shown they are dangerous away from home. Their 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday was their third away win this season. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • Watford are undefeated in nine league and cup matches against Ipswich (7W, 2D). 606: DEBATE Have your say on this match • Ipswich have not beaten the Hornets since a 4-1 triumph at Portman Road in March 2004. They have only taken one point against Watford in four subsequent home matches. Ipswich • Ipswich are England's only league club without a win but leaders West Brom are the only side in the Championship to have had more attempts on goal. • Town have the worst defensive record in the division, with 25 goals conceded in 12 games. • Roy Keane's side have conceded the first goal in 10 of those matches. • Tamas Priskin is still looking to make his 100th appearance for an English club and Jon Stead his 200th club career start. Watford • Watford are unbeaten in five away matches and are third in the Championship's 'away' table (W3, D2, L1), with 11 points from a possible 18. Only Middlesbough have picked up more points away from home (13). • Malky Mackay's side have squandered 11 points from winning positions, having drawn four and lost one of five games in which they were in front. MOST RECENT MEETING Ipswich 0-0 Watford (21 March 2009)

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