Ipswich v Middlesbrough preview
Last Updated: 04/05/18 11:15am
Ipswich's caretaker manager Bryan Klug will be without Grant Ward once again as he attempts to finish the Sky Bet Championship season on a high with victory over Middlesbrough.
The midfielder serves the second game of a three-match suspension following his red card during the 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on April 21.
However, Klug may be able to call upon midfielders Luke Hyam and Cole Skuse after the pair missed last weekend's 4-0 win at Reading through injury and illness respectively. Dean Gerken, Adam Webster, Luke Chambers, David McGoldrick, Joe Garner, Tom Adeyemi, Emyr Huws and Andre Dozzell remain on the sidelines.
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Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis could use the depth of his squad after seeing his team secure a play-off berth with victory over Millwall last weekend.
Pulis has only long-term absentee Rudy Gestede missing as he continues his rehabilitation after ankle surgery, but has indicated he could give game-time to men who may be required as Boro attempt to secure their return to the Premier League.
He named an unchanged side for the clash with the Lions, which meant striker Patrick Bamford was used only as a substitute on his return from a head injury. However, he has a series of players nursing minor bumps and bruises and will attempt to manage his resources for what he hopes will be three more games after the trip to Portman Road.
Ipswich have failed to score in each of their last three league matches against Middlesbrough (D1 L2).
Middlesbrough haven't won back to back away league visits to Ipswich since April 1977.
The Blues have won just one of their last eight league games at Portman Road (D3 L4).
Middlesbrough are one of four Championship sides yet to have lost a single game in which they have been leading (Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Wolves also).
Ipswich Town, alongside Norwich City, have made 124 line-up changes this campaign, the most in the division.
No Championship player has scored as many goals without providing a single assist this season as Britt Assombalonga (15 goals, 0 assists).