Sammy Says – Accrington Stanley Preview

Sammy is back fresh from the international break and ready to preview Sunday’s clash at Accrington Stanley.

Accrington Stanley vs Ipswich Town

Match Preview

Sunday 20th October @ 12am

Overview

Town travel to Accrington Stanley after the international break with the game being shown on Sky Sports at midday on Sunday. The Blues will be hoping to continue their good start to the season and maintain their unbeaten run. With a few lingering injury doubts it will be interesting to see who starts the match for Ipswich and if the side is still good enough to claim all three points this weekend.

Previous Fixture

Accrington Stanley – 2-1 Rochdale (A)

Accrington have been struggling so far this season and that trend continued when they lost 2-1 to Rochdale last time out. Ian Henderson (40’, 49’) scored twice to claim all three points in the fixture that sees Stanley lie 20th in the current League One standings. Pritchard (53’) scored for Accrington but ultimately they were unable to find the equaliser before the 90 minutes was up despite having an impressive 28 shots at goal.

Ipswich Town – 0-1 Fleetwood (A)

In Town’s last League One fixture they managed to overcome promotion challengers Fleetwood Town thanks to a winner from Kayden Jackson in the 58th minute after Garbutt had a free kick fumbled by the home goalkeeper. Despite a late James Wilson red card (93’) and a small amount of pressure from Fleetwood, Ipswich held onto claim all three points against Joey Barton’s “best team ever”.

Key Player

Accrington Stanley – Colby Bishop (ST)

Bishop has been an impressive part of a poor start to the season for Accrington so far. He has totalled 4 goals in League One fixtures as well as 1 goal in the League Cup. The striker scored 33 goals in 53 appearances for previous club Leamington. That form saw Accrington take a chance on the lower league frontman and that seems to be paying off so far.

Ipswich Town – Kayden Jackson (ST)

There are a few reasons why Jackson may prove to be crucial to the Blues this weekend. Firstly, Norwood is recovering from a slight operation for his groin injury and will either be on the bench or unlikely to be at his best at the weekend. Secondly, Jackson is coming into a game against his former club and should be eager to get on the scoresheet and claim all three points against Accrington for Town.

Tactics

Accrington Stanley – 3-5-2

Interestingly, Accrington have been lining up in a 3-5-2 formation in recent games and should continue to do so this weekend. That will see them match the tactics of Ipswich in what should turn out to be an interesting match up. The Stanley midfield will have a tough task of keeping Nolan, Skuse and others from controlling the tempo and possession of the game.

Ipswich Town – 3-4-1-2

Lambert is expected to stick to his recent formation of 3-4-1-2 this weekend. There are a few injuries that may cause some slight changes to the personnel within the starting XI. Downes, Vincent-Young and Norwood are all carrying slight knocks that may force the Town manager’s hand. If changes are required then Judge, Edwards, Huws and Keane will all be pushing to claim the available spots. Either way the strength and depth of the Town squad should result in a top League One side still being fielded.

Managers

John Coleman – Try to Win

Looking ahead to the game on Sunday against Town, Coleman said “It should be a cracking game, we don’t try and shut up shop, we try and score goals and we try and win games.” At first that may seem like a positive attitude and outlook to have when facing a side at the top of the League One table. However, it will be interesting to see how that copes against the attacking threat of Town.

Paul Lambert – Convenient Breaks

Although some Town fans have been frustrated and annoyed at the decision to postpone fixtures during the international periods, Lambert feels that they have been coming at the right times for his playing squad. He said “I think this one has certainly helped us because we carried a few knocks from the last game, so I think that’s certainly helped us on that front.” Personally, I think that the international breaks have been good to ease the current schedule of fixtures and allow the players to refresh and then go again.

Fanbase Mood

Accrington Stanley – Better Against the ‘Big Teams’

Stanley seem to think that they do better against teams that are considered to be much bigger than they are in size and stature. No one can argue with that from a Town point of view after the miserable 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup Third Round at Accrington last season. I’m sure they will be keen to repeat that but must remember that they are facing a much different prospect with Ipswich looking ruthless and solid this campaign.

Ipswich Town – Confidence

Ipswich fans are feeling extremely confident at this moment in time as they remain unbeaten and at the top of the League One table despite having played less fixtures than the majority of those that chase them. Confidence has been so high that talk of the ‘invincibles’ has already begun. Whilst I don’t see this as a realistic prospect just yet, it is brilliant to finally have a team that can excite and entertain the Blues’ faithful to this kind of level.

Prediction

Although Accrington had the beating of Town when they met last season in the FA Cup I would expect this game to be much different since Town’s impressive change of form and fortunes. The League One standings may do Stanley a slight discredit, but I would still think that Ipswich will have too much for them this time around. Jackson will be eager to continue his own form especially against his former club. 0-2 Town.

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