If there’s anyone that can be described as a crisis club in the Championship this season, it should be Ipswich Town.
They’re ten points from safety, finding it impossible to buy a win and frankly on a crash course with League One.
Oddly, it is other clubs in bigger financial peril, such as QPR or Birmingham. It is Stoke and Forest pulling the trigger on their manager, not Ipswich who granted have already fired Paul Hurst, but have seen no improvement under Paul Lambert.
They’re at home to Rotherham United tomorrow in a huge ‘must win’ game that will probably define their season. Lose and they’re as good as relegated. A draw won’t do them much good, but a win might just spark some faint hope of a recovery.
With that in mind, we’ve selected the XI we think Ipswich should go with tomorrow.
The back four is pretty standard, although James Collins will be looking to put pressure on Luke Chambers and Matthew Pennington. We can’t see him starting tomorrow, but there’s an additional option and he might be able to boost the flagging morale.
They’ll probably have two defensive midfielders, the intention to be not getting beat first and foremost. It’s not the most adventurous set up in the Championship, but in Chalobah they have a player capable of fluidly moving forward if required.
Jack Lankester and Andre Dozzell represent the future for Ipswich and both should start, given their recent performances. Lankester is one who has only got five starts under his belt, but his emergence has given cause for hope. Dozzell, son of former Ipswich legend Jason, could well be on the move if his good form continues.
Up front they’ve looked weak and we’re going to suggest they throw in new signing Will Keane from Hull City. He’s not been brought in to sit on the bench and Lambert needs goals.