Sammy Says – Fleetwood Preview
Fleetwood Town vs Ipswich Town
Saturday 5th October @ 3pm
Town face one of their toughest tests of the season so far as they take on a Fleetwood Town side that have made a good start to their League One campaign. Joey Barton’s side are expected to be challenging at the top end of the table and will probably be the biggest threat to Ipswich’s unbeaten start so far. It is sure to be a good fixture between two of the stronger sides of League One which the Blues can hopefully come out on top in.
Fleetwood Town – W 0-3 (Shrewsbury, A)
Fleetwood put in a solid performance that saw them run out comfortable winners against Shrewsbury Town last weekend. A Callum Lang own goal in the 36th minute gave them the lead going into half-time and Fleetwood took the game away from their opponents as Morris (56’) and Madden (81’) added the second and third goals in an easy victory. The win saw Saturday’s opponents climb to 3rd on goal difference in the League One standings.
Ipswich Town – W 4-1 (Tranmere, H)
Ipswich overcame a slightly difficult first half against Tranmere Rovers that saw Payne (39’) cancel out an opening goal from Garbutt’s sublime free kick (35’) to ensure the sides went in level at the break. However, due to Jackson’s electric pace and the attacking threat of Town’s full backs, Ipswich took the game away from Rovers. Jackson (48’), Nolan (62’) and Vincent-Young (70’) all scored goals that resulted in a comfortable win and leaving Town remaining top of the league and unbeaten for yet another weekend.
Fleetwood Town – Paddy Madden (ST)
The Irish striker has been a player that is known for scoring goals in League One during recent seasons, particularly during his time with Scunthorpe United where he totalled 20 goals in the 2015/16 campaign. So far this season he has already scored 6 goals in the league and looks like he has returned to his best in front of goal. His total of 15 last season was a good return, but I fully expect him to reach the 20 mark again and do not be surprised if he gets on the scoresheet at the weekend.
Ipswich Town – Kayden Jackson (ST)
As we all saw against Tranmere last weekend, when Jackson is given room in behind an opposition backline, he can use his electrifying pace to cause a whole host of issues for them during the 90 minutes. I fully expect this to happen once again as Town take on a Fleetwood side that should attempt to go toe-to-toe with the Blues. Therefore, Jackson will be able to reap the rewards of this with the possibility of adding to his impressive tally of goals and assists.
Fleetwood Town – 4-3-3
Fleetwood have been using a flat 4-3-3 formation in recent weeks that has seen Ched Evans lead the line in attack and Paddy Madden having to settle for a place on the bench despite his impressive goalscoring start. Elsewhere in the side the talented Jordan Rossiter sits in the middle of their midfield three alongside Coutts and Dempsey. It will be interesting to see how this formation tests the shape of Town’s wing backs and whether either side changes to compensate for the threat of the opposition players.
Ipswich Town – 3-4-1-2/4-1-2-1-2
Despite the success of using 4-4-2 during the early stages of the season, Lambert seems to have firmly switched his tactical formation to the 3-4-1-2 that allows the full backs of Town to play to their strengths with both Garbutt and Vincent-Young much better in attack than in defence. Jackson and Norwood should lead the attack again. Skuse will most likely be in the middle of the defensive three so he can push forward and make it a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond if Lambert decides to change like he did during the games against MK Dons, Gillingham and Tranmere.
Joey Barton – David vs Goliath!
Barton looked ahead to the game at the weekend by stating that “It really is David against Goliath on Saturday. We have to be cute and efficient, and get everything out of our club and culture to be up there.” It would appear that the Fleetwood boss is trying to take the pressure off of his players during their impressive start by shifting the focus onto how Ipswich are the favourites for the League One title. As a Town fan it also feels odd for opposition teams to view us as being financial greater than they are after the trials and tribulations of Marcus Evans’ reign in the Championship.
Paul Lambert – Tough but Confident
Lambert has accepted the fact that Saturday’s fixture is going to be a tough one for the Blues but has also been quick to point out that his team should fear no opposition with their current run of form. He said, “It’s a tough game for us, but it’s a tough game for Fleetwood as well, so if we play the way we’ve been playing and keep doing what we’re doing, hopefully we get another win.” It is refreshing for Ipswich fans to see a manager that backs his side and focuses on our own strengths rather than trying to limit the opposition first and foremost. For example, when asked if he would take a draw at the weekend Lambert responded, “No, we go to try and win.”
Fleetwood Town – Let’s See What Happens
Despite the positive start from Fleetwood so far this season, their fans are not getting too carried away and know that the game at the weekend will be a tough test for their side. Due to this caution, they have little to no expectations from the game and will be likely to accept whatever positives may come their way. Personally, I expect them to give Ipswich a closely encountered game and will be slightly surprised if Town win as comfortably as they have done against other League One opposition.
Ipswich Town – Confidence Aplenty
I am slightly surprised by the confidence of Town fans as we head into the challenging game this weekend. Almost all of the discussion and predictions surrounding the fixture have seen the clear majority of Blues’ fans expecting a win on Saturday. It is refreshing to see the Ipswich fans being so confident heading into their League One games after such a testing time in the Championship last season. I hope that the confidence is well placed and have every faith that the unbeaten run can continue.
As I have already said, this game will be a difficult one for both sides and should be pretty close in the score line to reflect this. I do expect the Blues to maintain their unbeaten run due to how good their form has been and how confident the players should be heading into the weekend. However, I am not expecting it to be easy and would not be shocked if Fleetwood manage to take something away from this fixture even if I have predicted that Town will slightly edge it on the day, mainly due to how solid the backline has been in recent weeks.