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Team news: Ipswich Town v Rovers

Who's in and who's out for Rovers' curtain-raiser at Portman Road this afternoon in the Championship?

4 August 2018

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Tony Mowbray has named one change from the side that defeated Everton in our final pre-season clash at Ewood Park, with Derrick Williams coming back into the team in place of Amari'i Bell.

Ben Gladwin and Jacob Davenport both miss out on being in the squad for the opening day trip due to injury, whilst Paul Caddis has also been left at home.

Paul Downing and Peter Whittingham have both travelled to Suffolk, but miss out on a place in the 18.

Loanee Kasey Palmer could make his Rovers debut this afternoon, but if so it'll have to be from the bench, with the Chelsea man named as a substitute at Portman Road.

Danny Graham, who scored in Rovers' last visit to Ipswich's home, leads the line, whilst Dominic Samuel also starts against a club where he previously had a loan spell back in 2017.

The hosts have regular number one Bartosz Bialkowski starting in goal, but are without strike pair Martyn Waghorn and Blackburn-born Joe Garner, who both miss out on making the squad.

Gwion Edwards and Ellis Harrison, who both played against Rovers last term for Peterborough and Bristol Rovers respectively, make competitive debuts for the Tractor Boys.

It's also a competitive debut for boss Paul Hurst, who was appointed in the summer following Mick McCarthy's departure from Portman Road.

Kick-off in Suffolk is at 3pm and if you aren't in attendance, you can of course follow the action via our social media channels or by listening to iFollow Rovers.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Donacien, Chambers (c), Knudsen, Chalobah, Skuse, Downes, Edwards, Sears, Harrison.

Substitutes: Gerken, Wolfenden, Kenlock, Edun, Morris, Roberts, Dozzell.

Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Evans, Bennett, Dack, Samuel, Graham.

Substitutes: Leutwiler, Rothwell, Bell, Nuttall, Palmer, Conway, Travis.


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