Ipswich Town will be looking to kick-start their season by securing a positive result in their showdown with Sunderland tomorrow.
The Tractor Boys opted to appoint Kieran McKenna as their new manager yesterday following a great deal of speculation surrounding the vacancy at Portman Road.
McKenna, who has previously held coaching roles at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, will be tasked with transforming Ipswich’s fortunes in League One.
Currently nine points adrift of the play-off places, the Tractor Boys will need to pick up victories on a regular basis if they are to have any chance of securing a return to the Championship in 2022.
Ahead of Saturday’s showdown, we have decided to take a look at how Ipswich could line up against Sunderland…
When you consider that McKenna has only been at Ipswich for a short period of time, he may opt to stick with the 4-4-2 formation that John McGreal deployed during the club’s recent draw with Wigan Athletic.
Goalkeeper Christian Walton will be aiming to claim his fourth clean-sheet of the season against Sunderland.
Cameron Burgess will be partnered in the heart of defence by George Edmundson who has made 17 consecutive league starts for Ipswich.
Janoi Donacien will feature at left-back whilst Kane Vincent-Young will be keen to impress in the right-back role.
Sam Morsy will be partnered in central midfield by Lee Evans who has provided six direct goal contributions in the third-tier for Ipswich during the current campaign.
Whilst Kyle Edwards is expected to feature on the left-hand side of midfield, McKenna may decide to draft in Sone Aluko as a replacement for Conor Chaplin this weekend.
Although Aluko was unable to inspire his side to victory in their FA Cup clash with Barrow earlier this week, he has shown glimpses of his talent in League One for Ipswich.
If Aluko is able to deliver an eye-catching performance against Sunderland, he could use the confidence gained from this display to push on in the New Year.
Joe Pigott will start up-front alongside Macauley Bonne who will be desperate to bring his goal drought to an end tomorrow after failing to find the back of the net in his last six appearances at this level.