Ipswich Town's clash with Wigan Athletic set to be a tough start to 2020/21 league campaign
Finally! After six long months Ipswich Town are finally back in league action on Sunday with Wigan Athletic at Portman Road.
Theoretically, this should be one of the Blues’ toughest opponents, with Wigan only recently relegated due to off-the-field problems. And although they’ve lost a few key faces in the summer, Paul Lambert’s men will have to be at the top of their game.
With The Latics in financial disarray and the Town boss seemingly nearing towards his last life, it’s clear three points in this one would be absolutely monumental for both sides, who will feel only a return to The Championship would be deemed a successful season.
The Tractor Boys will be hoping to emulate not only the result, but the performance they put on against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup and in fairness, if they do play anything like they did that afternoon, rather than against Arsenal U21s, they should cause their opponents trouble on Sunday.
A lot has been said about defenders Luke Chambers and Toto Nsiala and please, don’t get me wrong, I won’t be setting up a personal fan club for either of them in a hurry! But it was pleasing to see both defenders put in a decent shift on Saturday against a side who only finished three places below Town last season.
I think the biggest question mark will be around who Paul Lambert selects.
We’ve seen a fair few different faces in pre-season and the likes of Aaron Drinnan, Freddie Sears and the two lads I’ve mentioned wouldn’t have done themselves any harm to be in contention for a starting spot.
But personally, I would like to see James Norwood, Kayden Jackson and Vincent-Young back in the mix and I’d also be thrilled if the likes of Jack Lankester, Andre Dozzell are given a chance, who all must have good seasons if they are to progress within their careers.
So let’s hope for three points for Ipswich to go with our roast dinner on Sunday.