I think you can guess how my thoughts are going to go here.
Ipswich Town have nothing to play for.
They can’t get promoted and they can’t get relegated and sit smack bang in the middle of the table.
Yet stupidly, they’ve just prematurely let Mick McCarthy leave, after he quite rightly took the hump over being slated by the club’s fans for comfortably keeping them in the Championship on an absolute shoestring budget.
I’ve never been a McCarthy fan, as his football is at best pragmatic (read rubbish), but I think he did very well at Ipswich and they may suffer big time after his loss.
Fair play to him for sticking two fingers up to the fans and walking after a win over Barnsley, in my opinion.
The bloke always struck me as being straight and his point was well made.
Which means that Ipswich have a caretaker manager in Bryan Klug, who I’ve never heard of, to be honest.
And that’s what makes this one hard to call, as we all know anything’s possible in this sort of situation.
We drew the same game last year, but we should also remember that they beat us at Villa Park.
That was last season though and we beat them at VP this time.
I guess what I’m saying is that Ipswich has always been a hard game to call and without looking specifically, it doesn’t strike me that we have a good record against them.
What do we know?
John Terry has trained for the last couple of days and my guess is that although Steve Bruce says he’s being cagey and wanting to save things for the play-offs, I’d expect the defender to play, if he feels ready. I reckon it’s Terry calling the shots, after all.
Kodjia apparently felt a bit sore yesterday and it’s doubtful if he’ll even make the team bus.
No point rushing him, I say, although again it wouldn’t surprise me if he does travel and gets a few minutes.
It looks like Axel Tuanzebe won’t play for us again after his ankle injury.
I don’t think that’s a major miss, to be honest.
And Hutton might resume training on Monday, which is definitely a loss, but nothing new.
Otherwise, we’re pretty good, which makes me wonder what the “4 players out” headlines have been about?
As for Ipswich, it seems they’re not in bad shape, as winger Bersant Celina is fit and defender Chris Smith could be given his debut.
Hah, having just looked at the Beeb site, it seems we have a very good record at Portman Road and they haven’t beaten us in the last six games there.
Isn’t it strange how you sometimes perceive things totally incorrectly?
Which is just as well, because I was going for the win anyway.
Villa to win by one goal.
0-1 or 1-2?
I’ll go with the 0-1.