Ipswich Town v Newcastle United Preview

Newcastle look to put the heartbreak of Friday behind them as they edge closer to promotion. Newcastle officials and fans were furious with the amount of time added at the end of the game against Leeds, it added to the dodgy officiating Newcastle have been dealt with for much of the season. Where Huddersfield and Brighton have profited from refereeing decisions, Newcastle have suffered.

Both Ipswich and Newcastle will honour former manager Sir Bobby Robson, during 13 successful years at Portman Road Sir Bobby Robson lifted the Texaco Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup. Later becoming Newcastle manager, turning the clubs fortunes around. Robson lead the magpies to Champions League contention twice in five years with the club.

The match has been designated “Sir Bobby Robson Day”. Both sets of players will wear T-shirts that will be auctioned in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Ipswich Town’s Academy Association. Ahead of the game there will also be a signing session that will take place in the Fanzone, featuring former players of both sides. While Sir Bobby Robson’s wife, Lady Elsie Robson and family will be guests of honour.

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On loan Leicester forward, Tom Lawrence made a comeback to lead the line for Ipswich last time out. Jonas Knudsen and former magpie Steven Taylor remain absent, along with Adam Webster and Luke Hyam – Both recovering from ankle injuries.

Newcastle welcomed Isaac Hayden back to the starting line-up on Friday, the midfielder should retain his place providing he hasn’t felt any ill-effects from his return to action. Newcastle also saw DeAndre Yedlin come off the bench against Leeds, following six weeks out. However, top scorer Dwight Gayle will miss this one through a hamstring injury, Aleksandar or former Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy will lead the line.

It is important that Newcastle get back to winning ways against Ipswich. The magpies will be fired up following the poor officiating of their games recently. Promotion is still in Newcastle’s hands – With games running out, the magpies are 8 points away from the promise land. Huddersfield Town will finally play their game in hand next week, another decision that has baffled Rafael Benitez and Newcastle fans. The Terriers have had a game in hand for a while now, with more than enough opportunities to play the game before next week.

Newcastle are seeking a record-breaking 14th away league win this season. However, the magpies have failed to pick up three points on the road in any of their last three. Ipswich will be a tough game and Newcastle will have to perform a lot better than they have done in recent weeks. A win for Newcastle will just settle things down on Tyneside, with their recent form creating a few nerves.

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