Ipswich away Preview – #ITFC vs #CAFC

Many Addicks will be a little disappointed after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday

Welcome to another of my feverishly ameteur efforts at a match preview.

Although Sunday's fixture had draw written all over it for some, Chris Powell's teams handling of Brighton on Boxing day raised expectations. The team however had lost its star man in Chris Solly who it appears may have been rested for Ipswich, likewise Wiggins. This and the accommodation of Jackson in the middle by pushing the midfield over and placing Stewart on the left instead of his perhaps more effective slot on the right, with Stephens on the right, and Wilson at right back all seemed to take the energy out of the side.

Although Stephens freedom allowed him to get into the box and work and excellent switch and shot putting Charlton ahead, the number of chances from  Wednesday allowed their star man Conor Wickham (watched it is believed by Palace boss Tony Pullis) to level in what some have suggested may have been controversial. No amount of huff and puff, and 'running up the white flag' with Dervite coming on for Jackson, did anything to ease the pressure or help the Addicks win nor it seemed hang on to the point. Only the charmed life of the Addicks goal left the rewards even.

So on to Wednesday, or rather Ipswich..


According to Ipswich's website they haven't signed anyone since 2012, however I dug a bit deeper. The BBC show 8 signings for big Mick this summer, for a side he thinks are top six contenders and so far he has been proved correct as they occupy sixth place at time of writing.

Signings included Paul Anderson (Bristol City) Christophe Berra (Wolves), Jack Doherty (Waterford Utd), Dean Gerken (Bristol City), David McGoldrick (Nott'm Forest), Cole Skuse (Bristol City), Ryan Tunnicliffe (Man Utd, loan), Frederic Veseli (Man Utd).

So far the tractors boys ploughing the biggest furrows are David McGoldrick on 11 league only, and Daryl Murphy on 7 so keep your eyes on those two. Cresswell is another one to watch on the pitch.


Ok so here is the bad news, Ipswich are near top 2 form wise last six games,  and top 3 in the last 8. Charlton as I am sure you don't need telling are far south of that, but maybe on the up, we also have decent away form compared to home success and sit in 9th in a very tight league form wise (19th in the one that matters most). Ipswich home form is more mediocre than their away, so perhaps the match is set up nicely.


Charlton fans will be hoping to see Chris Solly return after resting, his knee recovery we assume meaning 3 games in 9 days was to be avoided. Expect Wilson to push up to right wing. Hopefully this will mean the return of Stephens to the centre with Cousins alongside.

Up front Sordell will be a Charlton player 'til both clubs say otherwise or the season ends, Smith will not be back until the 2nd, likewise Stewart can play on the 1st his loan expiring the next day, and either he or Jackson will occupy the left slot unless Powell decides to put his captain in the hole behind Kermogant to give Church a breather.