Ipswich v Watford

Last updated : 24 December 2010 By BBC Sport

Watford include midfielder Josh Walker, who has been recalled from his loan at Stevenage in the wake of midfielder Stephen McGinn's cheekbone fracture.

Teenager Piero Mingoia is fit again after a thigh injury and could be among the substitutes.


Neither of these clubs have won on Boxing Day since 2006, and they meet at Portman Road with Ipswich looking to build on their morale-boosting 3-0 victory against Leicester last time out.

That was Town's first win in seven matches, and only the second time this season they had scored more than two goals in a league game. Under-pressure boss Roy Keane will be hoping it signals a reversal of fortunes for a team that is now entrenched in the bottom half of the table.

That is where many expected Watford to be, but Malky Mackay's side are 10th and have won their last two matches, beating Leicester City and inflicting leaders QPR's first league defeat of the season.

The key for Watford has been having a settled side. Mackay has used only 19 players this season - fewer than any other Championship manager. Three of them - Adrian Mariappa, Martin Taylor and keeper Scott Loach - have been on the field for every minute of every Hornets game.



• Ipswich have lost eight and drawn three of their eight matches against Watford since their last win against them: a 4-1 victory in March 2004.

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• Town have picked up only two points out of 15 against Watford at Portman Road.


• Ipswich are joint bottom of the Championship's 'form table' based on the last six matches.

• They have gone 14 games without a draw.

• Town have lost their last three Boxing Day fixtures.

• Tamas Priskin could face his former club.


• Watford are unbeaten in four games.

• The Hornets are scoring, on average, every 6.05 attempts on goal. It is the best conversion rate in the division.

• They are yet to lose a game this season after scoring the first goal, and yet to win after conceding the opener.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport