Ipswich Town v Leeds United: Team news

Neil Redfearn
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NEIL REDFEARN made one change from the Leeds United starting line-up for this afternoon’s clash at high-flying Ipswich Town with Jason Pearce coming in for the injured Giuseppe Bellusci.

The Italian, restored to the line-up for last weekend’s win over Derby County, dropped out due to a hamstring strain, with Pearce handed a quick return to the side.

Stephen Warnock retained the captain’s armband.

Young defender defender Dario del Fabro was named on the bench for United, whose starting line-up, Bellusci aside, was the one who kicked off against the Rams seven days ago.

Ipswich, with just one defeat in 15 matches and just three this calendar year at Portman Road, also made just one change to the side who won 1-0 at Charlton last weekend.

Christophe Berra, suspended for the game at the Valley, came in for Jonathan Parr, with captain Luke Chambers reverting to right-back.

Noel Hunt, who scored his first goal in 22 months last weekend, is ineligible under the terms of his transfer to Ipswich.

Ipswich: Bialkowski, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Mings, Anderson, Skuse, Hunt, S Hunt, McGoldrick, Murphy. Substitutes: Gerken, Parr, Bajner, Bru, St Ledger, Bishop, Sammon.

Leeds: Silvestri, Byram, Pearce, Cooper, Warnock, Bianchi, Cook, Doukara, Adryan, Mowatt, Antenucci. Substitutes: S Taylor, Austin, Sharp, Berardi, Tonge, Dawson, Del Fabro.

Today’s referee is Mike Dean.