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Chaplin starts: The predicted Ipswich Town XI to face Rotherham on Tuesday evening



Ipswich Town will be hoping to bounce back quickly from their 2-0 away defeat at Sunderland last weekend, as they take on another promotion candidate in Rotherham United tomorrow night.

Goals from Luke O’Nien and Aiden McGeady proved to be the difference on Saturday afternoon, going behind in the 85th minute in agonising fashion before the latter sealed the game with his penalty in stoppage time.

The Tractor Boys now face a Rotherham side that beat the Black Cats 5-1 at the New York Stadium last month, reinforcing the magnitude of the task they face as they try to get themselves back on track with an impressive win in South Yorkshire.

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This would be a real statement of intent to the rest of the league considering Paul Warne’s side’s capabilities and the likely return of their top scorer Michael Smith from suspension.

And three points would be much-needed too considering Paul Cook’s men are now seven points off the top six, a deficit they won’t want to see increase after such a huge rebuild in the summer and with that, a major weight of expectations on their shoulders with the calibre of players they managed to attract during the previous transfer window.

With the quality of players Cook had on the bench at the Stadium of Light last weekend, despite injuries, this will give the Liverpudlian a few selection dilemmas with a few players potentially in danger of dropping out the starting lineup.

Bearing this in mind, we have picked our Ipswich starting lineup ahead of a crucial tie in Yorkshire.

Christian Walton may have made a mistake for the first goal on Wearside, coming to claim the ball but completely misjudging it, but he has been reasonably solid overall and it would probably be more of a gamble to switch goalkeepers at this point.

Bailey Clements also remains in the team as an orthodox left-back option. Someone like Cameron Burgess might be able to fill in there, but it may upset the balance of the backline and after keeping a clean sheet against Oxford United earlier this month, he deserves another chance.

Janoi Donacien also deserves another start having established himself as an impressive force this term, signing a new contract extension last week and likely to start at right-back regularly throughout the remainder of the season.

They line up alongside George Edmundson and Toto Nsiala, with the latter being very harshly penalised for the penalty on Saturday. Taking him out now might destroy his confidence, so he’s one to keep in alongside a very capable centre-back in Edmundson who should arguably be playing in the Championship.

In front of the back four, Sam Morsy and Lee Evans continue to provide a defensive shield, whilst also helping to drive the ball up the pitch. They will be crucial in nullifying Rotherham’s threat – and if they can do that – there’s no reason why the Suffolk-based outfit shouldn’t be able to dominate the game.

Morsy is a particularly good asset to have at this level.

Two changes are made to the front four though despite an unchanged lineup otherwise, with Kyle Edwards and Bersant Celina being given respite as they return to the bench in favour of Scott Fraser and Conor Chaplin, both of whom deserve a start to make a real impression.

And you could definitely bet on the energy of Edwards and Celina to come on and make an impact if the game is finely poised, so it’s an option Cook should look to utilise.

Arguably, Joe Pigott should also be given a chance to make an impact after being kept out by Macauley Bonne.

The latter has struggled to score recently after a magnificent start to his 2021/22 campaign, but he has already shown he can fire the Tractor Boys up the table and it only seems like a matter of time before he gets in and amongst the goals again.

There doesn’t need to be any panic though or wholesale changes, because they did look promising in spells in their last match and they should utilise this as encouragement going into this game in what will be another difficult away tie.

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