Ipswich v Aston Villa preview
Last Updated: 17/08/18 9:49am
Ipswich winger Gwion Edwards should be available for the Sky Bet Championship match against Aston Villa.
Edwards sat out the midweek Carabao Cup tie at Exeter, which the Blues lost on penalties, as a precaution for his thigh problem, but has resumed full training.
Town boss Paul Hurst, who made three changes in midweek, reported no fresh injury problems, with midfielders Teddy Bishop and Danny Rowe again set to be part of the squad as they step up their recovery. Tom Adeyemi continues his rehabilitation from a pre-season Achilles injury.
Villa boss Steve Bruce is expected to recall his regulars after making nine changes for the Carabao Cup win over Yeovil. Goalkeeper Andre Moreira, who is on loan from Atletico Madrid, was handed his debut, but Norweigan Orjan Nyland could come back into the team as Villa look to maintain their 100 per cent Championship start.
Midfielders Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Mile Jedinak should also all return, while 19-year-old forward Rushian Hepburn-Murphy will be hoping for another chance to impress. Keinan Davis and forward Scott Hogan continue their rehabilitation from respective groin problems, along with 20-year-old Callum O'Hare (knee).
Ipswich are winless in their last nine home league games against Aston Villa (D4 L5) since a 3-0 win the top-flight in September 1984.
Aston Villa have won nine of their last 12 matches against Ipswich in all competitions (D2 L1), winning both matches last season in the Championship.
Ipswich have scored just nine goals in their last 19 league matches against Aston Villa, failing to score in any of their last three league games against them at Portman Road.
Steve Bruce has won his last four visits to Portman Road in all competitions, with those victories coming with three different clubs (Wigan, Hull and Aston Villa).
Ipswich have lost 19 of their last 22 league matches when they've conceded first (W1 D2).
Aston Villa haven't won their opening three league matches of a season since the 1962-63 campaign, when they were in the top-flight.
It's not been a great start for Paul Hurst in terms of results at Ipswich, and he was fairly damning of his side after their midweek Carabao Cup exit at home to Exeter. He would have wanted a response after that loss to his old side Rotherham last weekend and he didn't get that.
It doesn't get much easier as they welcome Aston Villa, who have two wins from two so far and look to be in decent-enough shape, especially after holding onto Jack Grealish. You imagine there will be a few loan arrivals to come as well. I see this as being a tough trip for Aston Villa, though. Score draw.
David Prutton predicts: 2-2 (16/1 with Sky Bet)