Football League World’s Chris Thorpe will be live from Portman Road on Saturday as Ipswich Town play host to AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One, as both clubs seek to close in on their respective objectives as the season begins to draw to a close.
Paul Cook will be looking for his side to bounce back from their damaging away defeat to Northampton Town, with the Tractor Boys having now gone five games without scoring in the league.
Meanwhile, Mark Robinson will be looking for his team to make it five wins in a row, with the Dons having taken another step closer to safety on Tuesday as they saw off Oxford United 2-1 at Plough Lane.
A victory for Ipswich could see the East Anglian club move to within two points of the play-off places if other results go their way this weekend, whilst a win on the road for Wimbledon could see them potentially open up an eight point lead over the relegation zone.
The big news ahead of this game is that Alan Judge has now made his last appearance for the club, as one more start for the Tractor Boys would have triggered a one-year contract extension clause that Town are unwilling to take up.
Meanwhile James Norwood remains a doubt due to a hamstring injury and Teddy Bishop could come back into the squad after missing the Northampton defeat through illness.
As for Wimbledon, Ollie Palmer is likely to miss out through an injury that he picked up in the second half of the win over Oxford, meaning that Ryan Longman is likely to take his place in the starting line up.
Whilst Shayon Harrison and Corie Andrews both scored for the club on Thursday night as they saw off Balham in the London Senior Cup, with the duo staking their claims to be included on the bench for Saturday’s game.
Ipswich Town possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Holy; Vincent-Young, Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward, Downes, Dozzell, Bennetts, Sears, Edwards, Jackson
AFC Wimbledon possible starting lineup (4-1-2-1-2):
Tzanev; O’Neill, Heneghan, Nightingale, Guinness-Walker, Dobson, Woodyard, Rudoni, Assal, Longman, Pigott
Ipswich are unbeaten in eight home league matches, which represents their longest unbeaten run at Portman Road since August 2015.
Town last played Wimbledon at home back in August 2019, with Kayden Jackson bagging a winner in injury time in a 2-1 win for the Tractor Boys.
These two sides met just 10 days ago, with the London side claiming a convincing 3-0 win at Plough Lane thanks to goals from Will Nightingale, Jack Rudoni and Longman.
The last time the Dons won five league games in a row was back in April 2016, a run which would eventually lead to the club getting promoted to League One.
Joe Pigott’s league goals this term have been worth 16 points to Wimbledon, with only Peterborough United’s Jonson Clarke-Harris being more valuable to his side in this season’s competition.
How to watch the game?
The match will be available to watch via both club’s respective websites, with iFollow passes costing £10 per person.
Kick-off is 3pm.