Can Ipswich Town Stay In The Promotion Race?
The unpredictable nature of the Championship is clear for all of us to see and at the moment only Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to pull away from the pack.
Most football managers will tell you that the time to start taking the table seriously is around Christmas and the question on most people's minds is whether the Tractor Boys will have found themselves in the play-off places by then?
Ipswich Town currently find themselves in ninth place in the table but just three points of the top six by virtue of our victory in midweek against Derby County, which was our game in hand.
Ironically, it is The Rams who occupy sixth spot, and if we could win tomorrow at Portman Road and make it two wins in a row, we might get there earlier than anyone dare dream!
The opposition is composed of youth and experience and the old head in the side is former Blue, 34 year old Daryl Murphy.
If we thought that we had got out of the drawing habit then take a look our visitors! Nottingham Forest are the first team in the second tier of English football not to have drawn any of their first nineteen league games, since Stoke City did it in 1955-56!
And of course we have only drawn two games all season too so on the law of averages, this game is surely destined to end up in a draw isn't it?
Well, perhaps not, because Forest won both Championship matches against Ipswich last season, defeating us 0-3 here of course and we are without both defender Luke Chambers and striker Joe Garner.
Losing Garner means that Martyn Waghorn will play down the middle again, which was why we bought him, but he seems to adapt so well wherever he plays and his work rate is terrific.
I do hope that Town play it on the floor again as they did in midweek because they look a much better side when they do.
To come away with all three points against a top six side will do wonders for team confidence and if the Blues get the first goal then I can see us going on to get all three points.
This game, just like the Championship itself, is a very open affair and Town will have to keep a very close watch on Daryl Murphy because he knows this team like the back of his hand and is back in a scoring mode.
Frank Weston - Editor of Vital Ipswich