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Leggi looks at: Derby County
Discussion started by ITFC LEGGI (IP Logged), 20 November, 2008 19:46
20 November, 2008 19:46

Saturday 22nd November 2008 Kick-off 15:00

11th placed Town welcome 12th placed Derby County to Portman Road on Saturday with both sides aiming to close the gap on the top six. After a slow start, The Rams now sit equal on points with Ipswich after their comfortable 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.
Paul Jewell's

side finished bottom of The Premiership last season with the lowest points tally ever!! His men gained their first League victory this campaign nearly a full year since their last 3 points were achieved. Sheffield United were the unlucky team in a 2-1 win for Derby back on September 13th. Since then County have lost just twice, away at Blackpool 2-3 and at goalmad Reading 0-3. That 3-0 defeat is Derby's biggest loss of the season so far, whilst last weekends 3-0 win over The Owls is their biggest win thus far.
Overall The Rams have played 17, won 6 drawn 6 and lost 5.
Likely to be leading Derby's attack on Saturday are Rob Hulse

and Emmanuel Villa who have scored 11 goals between them this season, whilst likely to be on the bench is another goal machine in former Wigan striker Nathan Ellington

who has so far scored 6.
The referee for Saturdays encounter is Mr Mick Russell,

who has officiated 4 Town games over the years, most recently our 1-1 draw at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton last season. From those 4 games Town have won 3 and drawn 1. Mr Russell has shown 6 (Sm21)and no (Sm20) cards to Ipswich players, The opposition have recieved 7(Sm21) and 1(Sm20) card.

MATCH FACT Derby have lost on the last 5 visits to Portman Road!!


(6th ) Ipswich Town P6 W3 D2 L1
(12th) Derby County P6 W2 D2 L2

Our League record v Derby County at Portman Road

Played 30
Won 16
Drawn 7
Lost 7
For 52
Against 36

MATCH FACT Town are looking for their 100th goal(in all competitons) against The Rams!!

Our biggest victory came in a Division 2 game in 1967, Goals from Ray Crawford, Frank Brogan and 2 from Eddie Spearitt helping Town win 4-0.
Our heaviest defeat is a 6-2 whalloping in a Division 1 game in 1976, Trevor Whymark and Mick Lambert with our consolation goals.
The highest attendance watched a Championship game in 2005, Jim Magilton, Darren Bent and Tommy Miller scored for The Blues in a 3-2 victory.
The lowest gate watched a 1-1 draw in 1960, Jimmy Leadbetter on the scoresheet in front of 11,618 people.
In all competitions Home and Away, Ipswich have played Derby County 65 times, winning 25 times, drawing 18, and losing on 22 occasions. From those 65 games Gerard Baker, Ray Crawford and Frank Brogan

are our leading scorers with 5 goals each. Tommy Miller is amongst 3 players who have notched 4 goals.

19 players have played for both clubs, they include, Jon Stead, Lewis Price, Jon Macken and Kevin Wilson

Leggi Predicts: After probably our worse display of the season last week, its time to start again for Jim and the boys, in what will be the first of 9 very tough games for us coming up. Jewell's Derby have finally found their feet again at Championship level, and are only goal difference behind us, Their strike power though is much more lethal than our own, and this, I'm afraid will see The Rams come away from Portman Road with all 3 points. 2-1 to Derby I say.

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