Apr 21, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Portman Road
IpswichIpswich Town
2-2
Bournemouth
Anderson (36'), Green (55')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Cook (43'), Ritchie (80')

Preview: Ipswich Town vs. Bournemouth

Ipswich's Daryl Murphy celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal against Bournemouth during their Championship match on December 29, 2013
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Sports Mole peers ahead to the Easter Monday Championship fixture between two sides pushing for the playoffs - Ipswich Town and Bournemouth.

Playoff hopefuls Ipswich Town and Bournemouth meet at Portman Road on Easter Monday after both suffered defeat at the weekend.

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich could have moved into the fourth and final playoff spot by defeating Watford on Saturday but went down 3-1 at Vicarage Road, while Bournemouth were beaten 4-2 at home by Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday.

The two sides go into the final three games of the season still with a chance of finishing in the top six, with Ipswich a point off in eighth while Bournemouth's run of two games without a win sees them three adrift in 10th.

McCarthy could go with the same XI that lost at Watford, but could bring in Paul Anderson and Stephen Hunt on the wings.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, can call upon Harry Arter after the midfielder's three-match ban ended on Friday.

The reverse fixture back in December finished 1-1 at the Goldsands Stadium.

Recent form

Ipswich: LWWLDW

Bournemouth: LDWWWW

Possible starting lineups

Ipswich: Gerken; Chambers, Smith, Berra, Cresswell; Skuse, Hyam; Wordsworth, Williams, Hunt; Murphy

Bournemouth: Camp; Francis, Cook, Elphick, Harte; Ritchie, O'Kane, Arter, Surman; Kermorgant, Grabban

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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