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3 things to look out for in the Ipswich v Portsmouth match

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Ipswich Town will play host to Portsmouth in this years third round of the FA Cup as both clubs chase promotion  in their respective leagues.

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Ipswich are 6th in the Championship and seeking promotion into the Premier League, but this weekend they take a break from league action and face a tricky tie in the FA Cup at home to Portsmouth.

Portsmouth travel to Ipswich in good form sitting fourth in League Two, they have three wins and two draws in the last six games, scoring 13 goals.

Mick McCarthy will be well aware that this could be a possible banana skin game, yet may still not put out his strongest team, with Tuesdays league game at home to Leeds United on his mind as promotion is top priority for the Tractor Boys.

Here are THREE things to look out for in the Ipswich Town v Portsmouth F.A Cup match.

1) Freddie Sears

The 26-year-old Ipswich striker was once tipped to be the next big England striker, since he first broke on the scene his career drifted a little, but lately the talented forward has started showing the talent everyone knows he has.

Although he has just six goals in 25 games his performances have heled Ipswich maintain a play off place virtually all season.

His pace could cause all sorts of problems for the Pompy defence.

2) Conor Chaplin

The 18 year old has is having a great season for the League Two, scoring seven goals in 22 matches his last goal came against Second place Northampton Town in the 2-1 Portsmouth victory.

Conor has made the step up from the Pompey academy with ease and should have a bright future ahead of him, the engine room of the Portsmouth Midfield.

It will be interesting to see how well Chaplin can compete with Championship players, Mick McCarthy needs to keep this midfield live wire quiet.

3) Championship v League Two

On paper, Ipswich win this because they are two leagues above Portsmouth and are trying to gain promotion to the elite of English Football.

I’d advise a touch of caution, though yes Ipswich are a good side, both teams are currently challenging for promotion, and League Two football is not the terrible long ball football of old.

The gap in class will be there but it wont be as big as maybe some Ipswich fans might think or hope it to be, will be close game this one my prediction is a Ipswich 2-1 Portsmouth.

Ipswich and Portsmouth fans have your say…..What do you think the score will be? Can your team get promoted this season, and where will you finish? Leave your predictions and comments below.


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