Ipswich Town vs Plymouth Argyle Preview – Can the Pilgrims neutralise the Tractor Boys?

This Saturday Argyle make the 12-hour round-trip to fellow promotion chasers Ipswich Town in what is being billed as an early League One title decider. 

Argyle sits atop the League One table, 57 points from their 26 games, whereas Ipswich are in third place with 50 points after 25 games. 

Plymouth fans can be further excited by the 5 new January signings made in only 9 days, with the most recent acquistion of Tyriek Wright from Aston Villa further bolstering what is becoming a formidable attacking force. 

Argyle ran out 2-1 victors in what was an exhillerating affair at Home Park earlier this season, with goals from Mumba and Whittaker completing the turnaround in front of the Sky Cameras. 

Plymouth born Christian Walton will be expected to be Ipswich’s first choice keeper for the game, and he will still have the memory of his header which was tipped onto the bar in the last minute of the September affair. 

Whittaker’s recall from Swansea will prove tough to replace, with the forward still being Argyle’s top goalscorer of this season bagging 10 goals. 

However with the recent signings of Callum and Tyriek Wright Argyle have found two quality central attacking midfield replacements who already looked lively in the victory against Bristol Rovers midweek. 

Ipswich forward Conor Chaplin will be one to watch as he is Ipswich’s top goalscorer this season with 10 goals in 24 appearances and has netted five times in his last six outings. 

There will be no love lost for former Argyle forward Freddie Ladapo, who has already netted against the Pilgrims in the affair earlier this season. Ladapo was Argyle’s top scorer with 18 goals in 45 appearences in the 2018/19 season which saw Argyle relegated to League Two. 

The Argyle supporters have sold out the away allocation for the game and will be hoping the journey is more kind to them this year. 

I spoke to Argyle fan Isaac to find out more about last year’s trip to Portman Road. 

“At the time Argyle 10 points above Ipswich so I was full of optimism for my first trip to a big ground, however Argyle’s performance was dire and we slumped to a 1-0 loss.” 

Isaac went on to tell me: “Our misery was compiled when the coach broke down and we didn’t make it home till around 1am – a tough day all round!” 

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