Ipswich v Fulham - Squad News

last updated Wednesday 30th January 2002, 9:57 AM


Fulham

Jean Tigana will be missing two of his midfielders for the game at Ipswich.

Lee Clark was scheduled to make a comeback in the game at Ipswich on Wednesday. But his injury, sustained against Charlton on Boxing Day, has not healed as well as hoped and he is likely to be out until mid-February.

Sean Davis has had surgery after breaking his nose in a reserve game and will be out for another 10 days.

On the striker front Luis Boa Morte (ankle) is out but should return on Saturday, Louis Saha is recovered from his broken nose and may be in the squad while Bazza Hayles is back after a one match suspension.

Fulham (from):

Edwin van der Sar(G),

Steve Finnan(D), Andy Melville(D), Alain Goma(D), Rufus Brevett(D),

Sylvain Legwinski(M), Zak Knight(D/M), John Collins(M), Steed Malbranque(A/M),

Bazza Hayles(A), Steve Marlet(A),

Maik Taylor(G), Abdeslam Ouaddou(D), Bjarne Goldbaek(M), Louis Saha(A), Andrejs Stolcers(A).

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Ipswich

George Burley hopes to welcome back Chris Makin (flu) and Mark Venus (knee), for the visit of Fulham, while Jermaine Wright (groin) is a doubt. Makin and Venus missed the FA Cup mauling at the hands of Manchester City, but have been named in a squad of 21 for Wednesday's game against The Cottagers.

Midfielder Wright is also included in the squad and will face a late fitness test to see if he can participate against the side who he netted his only goal this term against in October's 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

Still absent are Jim Magilton, who has a hamstring injury, ankle victim Thomas Gaardsoe and goalkeeper Keith Branagan, who has a shoulder problem, but Tommy Miller is included despite doing little training of late due to a back niggle.

Makin and Venus should return at the expense of the men who replaced them on Sunday - Fabian Wilnis and Titus Bramble - while any other changes will depend on Wright's fitness.

If he misses out, Town are likely to switch Martijn Reuser to the right wing and use either Jamie Clapham or Ulrich Le Pen on the left. If they opt for the latter it would be a first league start for the Frenchman, who has only two brief substitute appearances for the club so far.

Ipswich

Matteo Sereni(G), Andy Marshal(G),

Chris Makin(D), Hermann Hreidarsson(D), Jamie Clapham(D), Mark Venus(D),
John McGreal(D), Titus Bramble(D),

Matt Holland(M), Tommy Miller(M), Jermaine Wright(M/A), Sixto Peralta(M/A), Ulrich Le Pen(M),Fabian Wilnis(M),



Martijn Reuser(A), Marcus Stewart(A), Marcus Bent(A), Alun Armstrong(A),


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On a man for man basis once again Fulham shapes up better than the opposition and if the squad can get all the separate bits together this should be another away victory for the Bianconeri.

A key area of concern between the two squads is that the Tractor Boys are keen crossers with, according to Opta, 40% more crosses than Fulham. If they continue that on Wednesday evening it should be an exciting evening for Andy and Alain. Mind you with Zak possibly included in the midfield defensive role it would give us a dominating presence in the centre of the park.

Ipswich are not known as a dirty team, far from it, however they have 5 players with four yellow cards and therefore all are one card off a suspension so they might tread a little than usual.


Their main players, based on Opta stats, are Matt Holland their top passer and keen to tackle and shoot at goal, Hermann Hreidarsson is very busy in defence, their top blocker, interceptor and foul winner and Marcus Stewart who is their most accurate shooter and just second to Marcus Bent for number of offsides.

League stats Ipswich Fulham
Goal Scorers Marcus Bent (5)
Finidi George(5)
Marcus Stewart (5)
Alun Armstrong(4)
Bazza Hayles (6)
Steed Malbranque(5)
Louis Saha (5)
Sylvain Legwinski(3)
Shots on Target Finidi George (16)
Matt Holland (12)
Marcus Stewart( 12)
Louis Saha (18)
Bazza Hayles (15)
Sylvain Legwinski(12)
Steed Malbranque(12)
Successful passes Matt Holland (778)
Jermaine Wright (745)
Chris Makin (735)
Steve Finnan (927)
John Collins (904)
Rufus Brevett(858)
Steed Malbranque(663)
Successful Tackles Chris Makin (53)
Matt Holland (50)
Hermann Hreidarsson(43)
John Collins (74)
Sylvain Legwinski(50)
Steve Finnan (50)
Luis Boa Morte (47)
Fouls won Hermann Hreidarsson(47)
Jamie Clapham (46)
Alun Armstrong(32)
Louis Saha (66)
Steed Malbranque(46)
Luis Boa Morte (45)
Bazza Hayles (42)
Fouls conceded Jamie Clapham (43)
Hermann Hreidarsson(37)
Titus Bramble(27)
Matt Holland (27)
Barry Hayles (63)
Luis Boa Morte (37)
Sylvain Legwinski(36)
Yellow Cards
(all comp's)
Hermann Hreidarsson(4)
Chris Makin(4)
John McGreal(4)
Richard Naylor (4)
Jermaine Wright (4)
Barry Hayles (6)
Luis Boa Morte (5)
Rufus Brevett(5)
Sean Davis (5)
Sylvain Legwinski(4)
Red Cards Matteo Sereni (1) Luis Boa Morte (1)
stats from opta.co.uk


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