Town look to progress in Carabao Cup against Fulham
Ipswich Town will be looking to book their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup by overcoming Premier League Fulham on Wednesday (7pm).
Paul Lambert’s men booked their place in the second round with a convincing 3-0 victory over Bristol Rovers last Saturday. The winner of Wednesday’s tie will host Rochdale or Sheffield Wednesday next week.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s clash, Stuart Taylor is expecting a the game to be a good test against the Premier League side.
“Their depth of squad is huge,” Taylor told the EADT.
“They might possibly make a few changes from Saturday, but all they are doing is replacing international players with international players. They’ve got an abundance of top players.
“Whatever they do, the team they go with is going to be quality. And that’s great for our lads because it gives them a good test.
“We played West Ham and Spurs in pre-season (losing 4-1 and 3-0 respectively), so it’s another great test for the lads to go and face another Premier League side.”
Taylor also provided an update on some of Town’s absentees and suggested that striker Aaron Drinan will be sitting out the game after being withdrawn at half-time on Sunday.
“There are a few knocks from Sunday and Aaron is one.” Town’s assistant manager said to the club website.
“It looks like he’ll be struggling for the game on Wednesday. It’s a shame because he’s set a brilliant example so far. His attitude and work ethic in training and in games has been fantastic.
“We’ll know more soon but tomorrow (Wednesday) looks unlikely.”
“Woolfy is in a better position than at the weekend, that’s for sure,” he added.
“There aren’t too many changes in terms of the lads that have been out a few weeks. Cole and Kayden are progressing but we’ll get a better assessment on them in the next couple of days.
“KVY’s rehab has been switched up slightly and that should benefit him.”
David Cornell is expected to start in goal replacing Tomas Holy. Lambert could opt to rest Luke Chambers and Stephen Ward for Saturday’s clash at Bristol Rovers. If so, Janoi Donacien and Myles Kenlock will come into the sqaud. Toto Nsiala and James Wilson are set to continue at centre-back.
The midfield trio of Jon Nolan, Andre Dozzell and Teddy Bishop has been a highlight in Town’s first three games of the season, but Lambert may rotate his pack with Saturday in mind.
Emyr Huws would be the first choice, perhaps replacing Teddy Bishop, with Alan Judge another central option with Cole Skuse and Flynn Downes set to miss Wendesday’s clash. Youngster Idris El Mizouni will be hoping to be inlvolved, with a place on the bench most likely.
Gwion Edwards and Armando Dobra could come in to deputise for Alan Judge and Freddie Sears. Jack Lankester is not available due to concussion protocols.
In attack, after Stuart Taylor virtually ruled out Aaron Drinan through injury, James Norwood and Oli Hawkins could be given 45 minutes each. Norwood appeared as a half-time substitute on Sunday and would appear the more likely of the two to start.
Fulham could recall Aleksandar Mitrovic after starting on the bench against Arsenal on Saturday following the international break.
Alphonse Areola, Kenny Tete, Mario Lemina and Ola Aina could be handed their Fulham debuts after signing for Scott Parker’s side in the summer.
Speaking after Saturday’s defeat against Arsenal, Parker hinted that some of the new boys could get some minutes at Portman Road.
“This game [against Arsenal] came too early for those players – Alphonse [Areola], Lemina, the two boys [Kenny Tete & Ola Aina] we literally just signed,
“They probably fit into the same category as Mitro. I’m pleased that he got 30 minutes, along with Anguissa, and on Wednesday we can get some more minutes into these players.”
The Evening Standard have predicted the following line-up: Areola; Aina, Hector, Ream, Robinson; Zambo Anguissa, Lemina; Knockaert, Cairney, Decordova-Reid; Kamara.
The sides last met at Craven Cottage early in 2018, with a Joe Garner goal giving the Blues the lead. However, four goals in under ten minutes midway through the second half gave the hosts all three points.
Wednesday’s referee is Dean Whitestone, who last took charge of a Town match in January 2019 when Town lost 1-0 at Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup.
The game will be streamed live via carabaocup.live priced at £10 for a match pass.
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