Ipswich Town have made an excellent start to the season in League One, but back-to-back defeats against Accrington Stanley and Rotherham United this week have seen them lose their place at the top of table.
Paul Lambert’s side still have a game in hand on the new leaders Peterborough United, but will be determined to return to winning ways against struggling Southend United at Roots Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Southend are currently 23rd in the table at the moment and have won just once in the league all season.
The Shrimpers will be determined to bounce back after being thumped 7-1 by Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night, in what will be new manager Sol Campbell’s first game in charge of the club against Ipswich.
Ipswich will also feel that they have a bit of a point to prove, after the team were criticised by many fans following their 2-0 home defeat to Rotherham on Wednesday.
Here is the Ipswich team that Lambert should play v Southend tomorrow…
Following the 2-0 defeat at Accrington at the weekend, Lambert decided to mix things up and go with a 4-1-3-2 formation against Rotherham on Wednesday night – but it was a decision that backfired.
The Ipswich boss should revert back to the 3-4-1-2 formation that has brought him so much success so far this season.
Tomas Holy has started every league game in goal for Ispwich this season and has kept an impressive seven clean sheets.
He’ll keep his place in the side tomorrow and will be determined to put in a good performance, after conceding four goals in his last two matches.
James Wilson will keep his place in the side and will be determined to impress after signing a new 18-month contract at Portman Road this week.
He starts in the back three, alongside captain Luke Chambers and the returning Luke Wooldfenden, who had to settle for a place on the bench against Rotherham on Wednesday.
Luke Garbutt will start at left wing-back, with Kane Vincent-Young at right wing-back, who will be hoping to continue his impressive start to the season after joining from Colchester United in the summer.
Moving into midfield, Andre Dozzell returns to the side and starts alongside Cole Skuse, who has started every league game for Ipswich this season.
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Flynn Downes has missed Town’s last two matches after picking up a hip injury while playing for the England Under-20s over the international break, but Lambert has revealed that he could potentially return to the side tomorrow.
If he is fit, it’s possible that he could start ahead of Dozzell in midfield, alongside Skuse.
Jon Nolan keeps his place in the side but moves into a more central role behind the two strikes due to the change in formation.
Town’s top scorer Kayden Jackson keeps his place in the side up front and will be determined to find the back of the net after two games without a goal.
James Norwood missed the defeat to Accrington last weekend, after undergoing groin surgery over the international break. The striker came off the bench for the final 20 minutes against Rotherham and Lambert has hinted that he could start the game tomorrow.
If he is fit, Norwood should definitely start the match, as he will provide Town with more of a psychical presence up front and will also be hoping to add to his five goals this season.