Ipswich v Leeds preview
Last Updated: 12/01/18 1:23pm
Ipswich defender Jordan Spence continues his three-match suspension in the Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds.
Striker Kieffer Moore has joined Barnsley on a three-and-a-half year deal and is no longer available. Defender Tommy Smith could return after missing the FA Cup defeat by Sheffield United through illness. Boss Mick McCarthy has denied Smith is set to join MLS outfit Colorado Rapids.
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Leeds will be without midfielder Samuel Saiz as he starts a six-game ban for spitting in last week's FA Cup defeat at Newport. New signing Laurens De Bock, who joined for an undisclosed fee this week from Club Brugge, could make his debut at left-back.
De Bock's arrival coincided with news that fellow left-back Luke Ayling has been ruled out for the rest of the season after ankle surgery. Midfielder Ronaldo Vieira remains doubtful due to an unspecified injury sustained in the Boxing Day win at Burton, while winger Stuart Dallas (ankle) and striker Caleb Ekuban (foot) are still out.
Ipswich have lost only one of their last 10 home league matches against Leeds (W7 D2), losing 2-1 in August 2013.
Leeds haven't kept a league clean sheet in any of their last 13 visits to Portman Road, since Mark Beeney was in goal for the Whites in a goalless draw in the Premier League in October 1993.
David McGoldrick has found the net in five of his seven league matches against Leeds for Ipswich, netting six goals in total including one earlier this season at Elland Road.
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The Whites haven't completed a league double over Ipswich in a season since the 2001/02 campaign, when both clubs competed in the Premier League.
Only matches involving Hull (83) have seen more Championship goals than games involving Ipswich this season (78).
Leeds haven't won their opening away league match in a calendar year since 2009, when they won 2-0 at Brighton in League One; they've drawn two and lost six since.
If Ipswich are to rekindle any hopes of a play-off push then getting three points against Leeds would be a great place to start. A poor Christmas period saw Mick McCarthy's men drop right off the pace again.
Leeds put in a dreadful performance at Newport in the FA Cup at the weekend, but Thomas Christiansen won't be too bothered if they go on to book a top-six spot. I can't split these two, however, so I'll back a draw.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (9/2 with Sky Bet)