Leeds United v Ipswich Town: Big match preview

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Check out our at a glance guide to Leeds United’s clash with Ipswich Town at Elland Road

Key Battle - Pablo Hernandez v Jonathan Douglas

Pablo Hernandez. PIC: Tony Johnson

Pablo Hernandez. PIC: Tony Johnson

Hernandez is starting to come good for Leeds and Monk needs a creative, unpredictable presence in behind Chris Wood. Cardiff found him difficult to read last Saturday and if Mick McCarthy has studied that game, he will see the importance of limiting United’s space in front of his back four. That is Jonathan Douglas’ zone and expect him to keep close tabs on Hernandez - or to at least try.

Key Man - Grant Ward

One of Ipswich’s few summer signings - but a good one as it turns out. The winger was an academy product at Tottenham who never quite made the grade for Spurs but previous loans at Coventry City and Rotherham United taught him about the Football League and he has not looked out of place at Portman Road. Nine appearances have returned nine goals, including a hat-trick against Barnsley on the opening day.

Last time at Elland Road:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Leeds United 0 Ipswich Town 1

Goals: Ipswich - Smith 32.

Phil Hay’s view: “There is no great mystery to McCarthy’s Ipswich. Opposition teams know what they are getting. Games against them require a willingness to fight and scrap, especially in the centre of the pitch, and most defences should be alive by now to their strategy of working the wings and attacking the box with crosses from out wide. Get your tactics right and Ipswich are there to be beaten.”

Match Odds:

Home win - 16/11

Draw - 23/10

Away win - 11/5