Feb 2, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Portman Road
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Smith (38', 78'), McGoldrick (47'), Mclean (56')
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Preview: Ipswich Town vs. Middlesbrough

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Sports Mole previews the action from Ipswich Town's Championship clash with Middlesbrough.

Ipswich Town take on Middlesbrough in the Championship this weekend with both sides in need of three points for very different reasons.

The hosts sit just one place above the drop zone, with a four-point lead over Barnsley below them, and lost to fellow strugglers Bristol City last weekend.

Boro, meanwhile, are placed just inside the playoff places but could potentially move up to third should other results go their way.

Ipswich goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, who rejoined the club on loan from West Ham United on transfer deadline day, is in contention for a squad place.

Former England midfielder Kieron Dyer could make his Boro debut at Portman Road after joining the club from Queens Park Rangers, but may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Scott McDonald (hamstring) and Justin Hoyte (hip) are injury doubts for the visitors.

Recent form

Ipswich: WLLDDL

Middlesbrough: WWLWLLW

Possible lineups

Ipswich: Loach; Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Edwards, Hyam, N'Daw, Martin; Mclean, McGoldrick

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby, Hines, Bikey, Williams, Bailey, Smallwood, Zemmama, Emnes, Jutkiewicz, Reach

Sports Mole says: 0-1

Tony Mowbray on the touchline on October 30, 2012
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