Paul Lambert’s Ipswich Town enjoyed a fine away win on Tuesday away at MK Dons as the unbeaten Tractor Boys won 1-0 away at Stadium:MK, with attacking midfielder Jon Nolan scoring the only goal of the game in a match that was an even contest all round.
That victory left the Portman Road side unbeaten in their last five games, with Lambert’s side winning four and drawing one, in a run of form that has seen them maintain their unbeaten run after playing eight games overall in the league this season.
Despite their great start to the season, Lambert will not be taking the Tractor Boys’ next game against Gillingham lightly, with Town travelling to a Gillingham side that are also enjoying an unbeaten run, with the Gills having avoided defeat in each of their last four games in all competitions, under the guidance of Steve Evans.
With Gillingham posing a different kind of threat to Milton Keynes, Lambert may be keen to change his tactics for what could be a challenging away tie for the Tractor Boys.
Here, we take a look at the Portsmouth XI we believe Lambert should play against Gillingham this weekend…
As per the usual this season, we expect Lambert to stick with his ever reliable keeper in goal Tomas Holy, who has so far been ever present for the Tractor Boys, keeping five clean sheets in eight games, whilst only conceding four so far this term.
We expect Lambert to switch back to his favoured 4-4-2 formation for this tie, with Luke Woolfenden replacing James Wilson in defence to reform the defensive partnership with Luke Chambers that has worked so well for Ipswich this season.
Whilst in addition to the centre of defence, we would look to drop Vincent-Young and Garbutt back into their more natural fullback positions as opposed to the wing-back roles they played against Milton Keynes Dons.
In midfield, we would expect Alan Judge to take up a role on the left of midfield, at the expense of Jon Nolan, with Skuse moving back into central midfield to partner Downes, again another duo that have really built up a strong relationship in the middle of the park this season. Whilst, we would also look to bring in Edwards to start on the right wing, with Huws being the midfield casualty for this game.
Lastly, we would go with Ipswich’s regular front two of Norwood and Kayden Jackson who have a combined goal return of nine goals so far, making them among the best strike partnerships in the league.