Ipswich are set to take on visiting side QPR on Boxing Day in what looks like the game of the day from the Championship with live streaming available from Portman Road.
Portman Road will watch the home side attempt to defend their narrowly held sixth place position against the twelth place visitors. Ipswich have accumulated 34 points so far in their Championship campaign and currently have only a one point margin of safety in the Championship’s top six.
Brentford, Cardiff, Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday are all in overtaking distance of the Tractor Boys, piling the pressure on the home side.
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Ipswich are winless in their last three home Championship matches, giving hope to QPR, who are still searching for their first win under new boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
David McGoldrick looks set to miss out on Ipswich’s Boxing Day action due to injury, but the home side will be pleased to welcome Ryan Fraser back to the side after an absence. Ipswich will be hoping that central defender Christophe Berra is able to continue his impressive run of form and neutralise the threat of QPR’s resurgent Charlie Austin.
Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy has chosen to recall Luke Hyam from his loan spell at Rotherham and the Ipswich youth academy graduate could make his first appearance in Ipswich colours since a nasty injury at the start of 2015.
Long-term injury concern Armand Traore remains out for QPR with Jamie Mackie and James Perch set to join him on the unavailable list.
The main talking point for QPR is whether Charlie Austin is able to continue winning Hasselbaink’s team points almost single handedly. Although Austin is more than capable of scoring regularly, and making the others around him even better, an over reliance on the striker is dangerous.
Austin’s fitness is an ongoing question mark, and QPR fans would be relieved to see other players stepping up to the mark, taking the pressure off of Austin’s shoulders.
Perhaps the key determiner of how this game will go is whether Ipswich are able to bring their impressive recent away Championship form back home to Portman Road.
If Ipswich are at their best then they stand a solid chance of getting three points and solidifying their spot in the top six.
However, history is against the Tractor Boys in recent years with QPR beating them the last four times in all competitions.
Hasselbaink will be seeking to send his side out looking to extend Ipswich’s recent home win drought. If the home team can effectively contain Charlie Austin then it is hard to see where else an away win will come from.