Ipswich v Swansea

Last updated : 03 December 2010 By BBC Sport

Swansea skipper Garry Monk is back in training after a calf problem but is unlikely to feature at Portman Road.

Loan signing Jermaine Easter, who missed the defeat against Portsmouth because of a thigh complaint, faces a late fitness test.


These clubs were in the top flight when Ipswich recorded their last league victory against Swansea: a 3-1 win at Portman Road over 28 years ago. And while Swansea are third and strongly challenging for a return to that level, Ipswich are enduring a miserable spell.

Town have a Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal to look forward to, having beaten West Brom in midweek. But in the league, they are enduring their worst run of results since Roy Keane took over as manager.

The pressure is on Keane following four consecutive defeats - one of which was a 4-1 thrashing by local rivals Norwich. No Championship side has lost five in a row so far this season.

City, unbeaten in five away matches, boast the division's second best defensive record behind leaders Queens Park Rangers. Swansea have conceded only 16 goals this season and have kept 10 clean sheets.



• There have been 27 previous matches between these clubs. Ipswich have won nine, Swansea have won nine, and nine have been drawn.

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• Four of the last five league clashes between them have been drawn, including both fixtures last season.


• Ipswich have not lost five straight league games since their Premier League campaign of 1994/95, when they went on to suffer relegation.

• This is the third time in six seasons that Town have had a total of 24 points after 19 games.

• They have lost nine of the 11 Championship games this season in which they have conceded the opening goal.

• Ipswich have the worst first-half record in the division, having led at half-time in only three of their league matches this season.

• Boss Roy Keane has used 29 players in Championship games this term - more than any other manager.


• Swansea have won four and drawn one on the road since losing at Nottingham Forest on 25 September.

• The Swans' Championship games this season have yielded a total of 40 goals. Only Nottingham Forest's matches have produced more.

• Should he make his debut for the Swans, Jermaine Easter will be making his 250th career league appearance.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport