Match Preview: Newcastle United v Ipswich Town

23 April 2010 06:25
NEWCASTLE Harper Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique Routledge Guthrie Nolan Gutierrez Carroll Lovenkrands Wickham Walters D Murphy Leadbitter Colback O'Connor Norris Smith McAuley D Wright B Murphy IPSWICH Newcastle subs (from): Krul (gk), Kadar, R Taylor, Butt, Smith, Barton, Pancrate, Ameobi, Best. Ipswich subs (from): R Wright (gk), Peters, Garvan, Rosenior, Clark, Brown, Hyam, Eastman. NEWCASTLE: Chris Hughton is hoping to have both Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez available for his side's final home game of the season.

Coloccini has shaken off the hamstring injury that kept him out of Monday's win at Plymouth, while Gutierrez is back in training after a thigh problem.

Fitz Hall (hamstring) and Nile Ranger (ankle) are definitely out, while Wayne Routledge is a minor doubt after injuring his hand. Steven Taylor (knee) returned to training this week, but is unlikely to be involved in the squad. Suspensions: None Injuries: Hall (hamstring), S Taylor (knee), Ranger (ankle) Last five league games: WWWWW Leading league scorer: Nolan 17 Next game: vs QPR (A) 02/05/10 IPSWICH: Former Sunderland duo David Healy and Carlos Edwards will both be absent this afternoon. Healy is struggling with a knee injury, while Edwards is still recovering from the after-effects of a bout of chicken pox. Three players with Black Cats connections will still be involved though ex-Sunderland midfielders Daryl Murphy and Grant Leadbitter, and loanee Jack Colback. Luciano Civelli and Damien Delaney are both long-term absentees. Suspensions: None Injuries: Healy (knee), Edwards (illness), Civelli (knee), Delaney (knee) Last five league games: DLWWD Leading league scorer: Walters 7 Key Player: Connor Wickham Roy Keane has pledged to do all he can to keep the highly-rated 17-year-old at Portman Road this summer. Last season: No corresponding fixture League head to head: Newcastle 15, Ipswich 14, Draws 12 Referee: Carl Boyeson (Hull) G31 Y63 R5 Ave: 2.19 Last Newcastle game: No previous match Odds: H1/2; A4/1; D14/5 It's a fact: If Newcastle avoid defeat this afternoon, they will have gone through an entire league season unbeaten at home for the first time in 103 years. Comment by SCOTT WILSON: It's party time at St James' this afternoon, and it's hard to see an Ipswich side with nothing to play for raining on Newcastle's parade.

Prediction: 3-0

Source: Northern_Echo