LEEDS UNITED face a daunting test against the side ranked second in the Championship’s current form table Ipswich Town on Saturday - as they aim to emulate their feats of last weekend against Derby County.
The Tractor Boys have taken 14 points from their last six matches, winning four and drawing two, with only Brentford having produced better recent statistics.
Town’s televised win at Charlton last weekend, courtesy of a first goal in 22 months from United loan striker Noel Hunt, who is ineligible for Saturday’s test under the terms of his recent move, hoisted them to second in the table.
On home soil, Mick McCarthy’s side have turned Portman Road into a fortress, with only bitter foes Norwich City triumphing there in nine league games there this season.
All told, Ipswich’s form at home this calendar year has been eye-catching and aside from the Canaries, only Wigan Athletic and QPR have triumphed there in 2014.
Despite that, United have good recent memories of Portman Road, having impressively triumphed there 2-1 on their last visit in August 2013.
The result was all the more laudable given that Leeds had taken a miserly one point from their previous six trips to Suffolk, with their previous success coming in a 2-1 triumph there in September 2001, thanks to strikes from Robbie Keane and a late Mark Venus own goal.
All this came after Marcus Stewart had given the Tractor Boys the lead on 22 minutes.
Last season’s win also saw Ipswich draw first blood when David McGoldrick fired home an excellent opener just 11 minutes in.
But inspired by Ross McCormack, United rallied with Luke Varney levelling after the Scottish striker’s shot had diverted into his path.
McCormack had the final word with his deflected strike flying into the net past Scott Loach after taking a deflection off Cole Skuse.