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Ipswich Town vs. Latics

Emirates FA Cup - First Round

5 November 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Keith Curle's outfit makes the long journey to Suffolk as they face Ipswich Town in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup (3pm KO).

Latics enter the famous cup competition on the back of a frustrating 3-1 defeat in the league against Swindon Town at Boundary Park.

Harry McKirdy and Tyreece Simpson got themselves on the scoresheet for the visitors before Carl Piergianni gave his side a bit of hope in the last minute.

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However, Simpson notched another goal to his tally in added time to confirm the victory.

Form Guide

After a frantic transfer window, Ipswich head into the encounter with four wins in their last six fixtures but the Blues have won just one of their last 19 games in the world famous competition.

Bersant Celina, Macauley Bonne and Wesley Burns, amongst several others, have impressed the faithful at Portman Road since their arrival in the summer.

To add to this, the trio all found the back of the net against Wycombe Wanderers in midweek reinforcing their importance to the side.

Although, they suffered a defeat to Newport County at Rodney Parade in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The Tractor Boys' Last Six:

  1. Wycombe Wanderers 1-4 Ipswich Town
  2. Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Ipswich Town
  3. Ipswich Town 2-1 Fleetwood Town
  4. Portsmouth 0-4 Ipswich Town
  5. Cambridge United 2-2 Ipswich Town
  6. Ipswich Town 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 21

Latics wins: 9
Ipswich wins: 7
Draws: 5

Scored - 37
Conceded - 35

The last time the sides met occurred in April 1997 with Latics tasting a 4-0 defeat on away soil in front of 11,535 supporters.

In January 1993, the boys in blue picked up their last win over our opposition which was in the Premier League. Joe Royle guided his side to three points in a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Mark Brennan and Paul Bernard.

We've faced Ipswich three times in the FA Cup, all happening between 1954 until 1964. However, Latics have failed to beat them in the competition and suffered two losses in the process.

Familiar Face

Latics fans will recognise George Edmundson in the blue and white of the Tractor Boys.

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The 24-year-old, a product of the Oldham academy, impressed in the backline at Boundary Park in the 2018/19 campaign which resulted in him receiving a place in the EFL League Two Team of the Season as well as the club's Players' Player of the Season.

Rangers swooped in for the signature of the ace and he went on to represent the Scottish giants on 17 occasions. Edmundson, nicknamed 'The Fridge', remarkably scored against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europea League in March 2020.

Last season, Edmundson endured a loan stint at Derby County before joining Ipswich on a permanent deal in the summer.

In The Dugout

Paul Cook currently occupies the hot seat at Ipswich after a successful spell at Wigan Athletic.

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Cook has been in post since March 2021 following the takeover at Portman Road and he's overseen a widescale of changes within their squad.

The 54-year-old had a lengthy playing career which began at Marine before Wigan acquired his services. He went on to represent a host of clubs such as Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley.

Cook has managed seven different clubs, achieving a promotion at three of them, and he was awarded LMA League Manager of the Year in 2017 for his leadership at Portsmouth.

Ground

Portman Road

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Capacity: 30,311

Record Attendance: 38,010

Opened: 1884

Match Guide

The hosts have prepared a match guide for supporters who are travelling to Portman Road. For more information, please click here

Match Officials

The official in the middle for the game is Neil Hair.

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Hair last officiated a Latics game in August 2019 as we suffered a 1-0 away defeat against Forest Green Rovers. On that day, he handed out three yellow cards and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of ten games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 26 yellow cards and zero red cards.

Hair will be assisted by Daniel Cook and Paul Kelly, with Tom Danaher as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

The hosts are 4/11 favourites to progress to the second round of the competition with Latics priced at 13/2.

15/4 can be found for a draw.

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How To Follow The Game

Ticket News

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Live commentary is available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match.

Unfortunately, an iFollow match pass stream isn't available in the UK or abroad due to the 3pm blackout from broadcasters and the rights of the competition belonging to the FA and not EFL.

Highlights of the game will appear on the FA Player the following day.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.


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