Shrimps Face On-Form Ipswich in Highly Anticipated Clash


Derek Adams’ men host second in the table Ipswich Town in a game most will regard as a foregone conclusion. However, Morecambe will want to prove doubters wrong after a period of poor form.


Current Form


Ipswich Town have taken the back end of last-season's form into the new campaign. With only one loss, the Tractor Boys have stormed to second place having their only loss come to top of the table Plymouth Argyle. Wins against MK Dons, Portsmouth and Cambridge United have shown they can take it to any team in the league and have not been complacent with those below them.


Given the staggering form of Ipswich, the Shrimps will have to be wary of the threat they pose up front.



Set-Up


Kieran McKenna has been consistent in his approach to play with a 3-4-3 formation so far this season. One which has clearly brought his team success. The free-scoring side have produced goals all over the pitch but the use of the front three has been pivotal for creating and finishing chances with right-winger Conor Chaplin has produced 5 goals and 3 assists.


On top of this, the use of the wingbacks/wide midfielders has provided another source of attacking creativity. Wes Burns on the right has also chipped in with an impressive 3 goals and 2 assists.


Players to Watch

Christopher Walton- The man between the sticks has proved himself worthy of the starting spot after some impressive performances for the Tractor Boys so far this campaign. His best performance by far was an incredible outing against Forest Green Rovers. Many world class reflex saves proved valuable as Ipswich Town came away with a vital 2-1 win.


Marcus Harness- The forward man has been vital for the East Anglian side so far this season. Having chipped in with 4 goals, Harness is performing at an average of 6.81 and having two 7+ ratings against Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth respectively.


League Expectations


Ipswich stuttered to an 11th place finish last season and had a terrible run of form before the departure of then manager John McGreal led to an upturn in form. Following on from this, Ipswich have really turned their fortune around and will be looking to secure an automatic promotion place this season and will give their all to challenge for the title.


This being said, Ipswich Town are wary of the type of complacency that would lead to a slip up in expectations and a losing streak that could set them way off course of their intended targets for the season.


My Prediction

Given the impressive and staggering form of Ipswich this season, it is hard to see anything other than a Morecambe loss. This compounded with the situation regarding the Shrimps off the field will only compile any possible misery that is likely to come this weekend. That is why I am predicting a 3-0 win to the away side as they travel up from East Anglia.




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