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Preview: Bristol City v Ipswich Town

Bristol City welcome Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town to Ashton Gate today in a hugely significant fixture towards the teams hopes of reaching the play-offs this season.

A win for Lee Johnson’s side could see them move level on points with sixth place Middlesborough, if results elsewhere go their way.

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With City’s recents dip in form seeing them fall out of the play-off places, the side will be looking to bounce back in front of their home fans.

For Ipswich, anything but a win here would see an end to their slim play-off hopes.

Lee Johnson’s side have been in good form when facing the Tractor Boys in recent time, only losing in one of their last six encounters.

Team News: 

For the Robins, Joe Bryan and Aden Flint are both still suspended for this match, with City also having several injuries to account for. Jens Hegeler is training again but is some way from being match fit, Matty Taylor and Callum O’Dowda reamain unavailable.

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McCarthy also has several injuries to his side and also has players unavailable.

Last time the teams met: 

Back in September the two sides met at Portman Road, the Robins managed to secure a 3-1 following a strong performance.

City’s star performers last time were Bobby Reid, Famara Diedhou and Josh Brownhill who all managed to get on the scoresheet.

The win was the Robins’ first win at the Suffolk ground since 1978.

Martyn Waghorn netted for the home side.

Whats been said? 

Earlier this week Bristol City assistant manager Jamie McAllister has admitted that Ipswich will be a “tough test”.

He said: “Ipswich are a well drilled and well organised side under an experienced manager in Mick McCarthy.

They’ve got a lot of strengths. They work hide and they’ve got quality throughout the side. Waghorn is a real threat up top.”

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