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Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 26th November 2019 (kick off 7.45pm)
Referee: Alan Young
Can Wycombe Wanderers really open up an eight-point lead at the top of the League 1 table going into an 18-day break from action? That's the unthinkable scenario swimming round the heads of hundreds of Chairboys fans heading east this evening, for their first ever visit to Portman Road.
Ipswich were the pre-season title favourites and sit well-placed in second - though insisting the pressure is on Wycombe rather than themselves tonight - and look to provide the sternest test yet in Wanderers' phenomenal season so far, with Paul Lambert hoping to replicate what he did at rivals Norwich by returning a fallen giant to the top two tiers.
They've excelled at home, losing just once, but Saturday's draw with Blackpool was seen as two points dropped and they'll be looking to make amends against a Wycombe side facing a fifth straight victory, having kept clean sheets in each of their last four league outings.
Gareth Ainsworth's men will sit top of the table at full-time whatever the outcome, but having taken scalps of Sunderland, Portsmouth and Rotherham already this season, it might be unwise to bet against them adding to that list with another big name tonight.
Wycombe sold out its initial allocation of 500 tickets, but there will be plenty available on arrival, with a total allocation of around 1,900.
Tickets will be available to purchase at turnstiles 10 and 11. These are cash turnstiles with no debit or credit card facilities for away fans.
Alcohol will be available up to kick off and at half time (providing there are no issues).
Ticket prices are as follows.
Seniors (65+): £20
Under 23s: £14
Under 19s: £7
Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Portman Road from 6.15pm.
Matt Bloomfield is fit and raring to go against his former club despite picking up a knock against Doncaster on Saturday, whilst Dominic Gape is in contention to return to the midfield after sitting out the 1-0 win. There are no new injuries to report.
Ipswich hope to have James Norwood fit again to lead the attack, having missed the 2-2 draw with Blackpool three days ago.
Wycombe will play in yellow at Portman Road.
The referee for tonight is Alan Young, who last officiated a Wycombe game in August - the 0-0 draw at AFC Wimbledon.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: IP1 2DA
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at J1A take the M25(N) signed M1/M11/Watford. Continue to J28 and take the A12 signed Chelmsford. When you reach the junction of the A12 and A14, just south of Ipswich, take the A1214 (London Road) towards Ipswich. As you approach the town centre, there’s a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the left – at this point, go straight on past Sainsbury’s and then almost immediately right onto West End road. Take the first left (after about half a mile) onto Sir Alf Ramsey Way and you will arrive at the stadium.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 113 (approx. journey time a little over 2 hours)
Recommended area for car parking
There is no official stadium car park, but there is parking all around the ground. The closest is a large NCP on Portman Road (right by the away end), which usually has spaces up to around 45 minutes before kick-off. There’s also a large car park on West End Road (5 minutes’ walk away) and at the railway station (less than 10 minutes). The town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk and has numerous car parks.
Using the train?
From London, there are 2-3 trains an hour, all from London Liverpool Street. The train company is Greater Anglia operated by Abellio East Anglia (www.greateranglia.co.uk). The faster trains go on to Norwich, are air-conditioned and most have a buffet bar. Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground. You will see the Portman Road floodlights in the distance as your train comes into the station.
*Click here for Ipswich's away fans guide for this fixture*
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 30,311 (all seated). Portman Road is a traditional ground, with 4 separate stands. The away end is usually blocks V1 and V2 of the Cobbold Stand. This gives you a good side-stand upper-tier view of the action, though it is an older stand, dating from the 1970s. Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kickoff and fans are searched on entry (note that bags larger than 40 x 40 x 10cms are not allowed). The matchday programme can be purchased outside the stadium from the blue, tardis-like kiosks. Programmes cost £3.50 and are not for sale inside the ground.
Time on your hands?
The Station Hotel (formerly the Riverside Hotel) is opposite the station, and is the official away pub. It is roomy, has a garden and TV screens, and three beers on handpump from the Greene King stable. The “Punch & Judy” pub on Cardinal Park, which is close to the ground also comes recommended as a pub which is family orientated and where both sets of fans can enjoy a drink. Note that most pubs immediately around the ground are for home fans only.
Watch live on iFollow from anywhere in the world (£10 in the UK & Ireland, £5 overseas). Otherwise you can also listen to the audio commentary (£2.50 for the game, £4.49 monthly, or £45 for the year).