With video - Why Albion face a set-piece threat today

Ipswich celebrate one of David McGoldrick's two goals against Albion this season

Ipswich celebrate one of David McGoldrick's two goals against Albion this season

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Ipswich’s centre-backs will pose a threat at set-pieces today.

Just as they did when they won their last away fixture.

The Tractor Boys need a win to keep alive realistic play-off hopes after last week’s 3-1 home defeat by Wigan.

And Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra will be looking to add to their four goals apiece against statistically the tightest defence in the Championship.

Town have 15 set-piece goals in league action, a figure topped in the division only by Reading with 17.

They were slightly fortunate to win 1-0 at Huish Park 11 days ago but the only goal highlighted one of their strengths.

Smith headed on a corner at the near post and Berra moved in at the far to knock it over the line.

With 14-goal David McGoldrick sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury, their top-scoring active player is Daryl Murphy.

The Irish international has nine goals plus three assists and has been one of their better performers this term.

Mick McCarthy’s side have made steady progress this term through being solid rather than spectacular.

Expect them to go 4-3-1-2 with Jonny Williams, on loan from Crystal Palace, operating just off the front men.

See our five-page match preview in The Argus today for all you need to know about the big match

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11:31am Sat 22 Mar 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

I'm setting off to the Amex with high expectations. Our back row - whatever selection - are no dummies and will be fully aware of the aerial threat from the Tractor Boys. There is plenty of midfield height and strength too. The secret to success will be in the front of the park and who OG plays there... I will so pleased if Will Hoskins makes the squad. C'mon you Seagulls !!! UTA !!!
I'm setting off to the Amex with high expectations. Our back row - whatever selection - are no dummies and will be fully aware of the aerial threat from the Tractor Boys. There is plenty of midfield height and strength too. The secret to success will be in the front of the park and who OG plays there... I will so pleased if Will Hoskins makes the squad. C'mon you Seagulls !!! UTA !!! Jonathan Mouette
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1:02pm Sat 22 Mar 14

russellsnr2 says...

Derby doing us big favour at 3-0 against Forest in first half!!!
Derby doing us big favour at 3-0 against Forest in first half!!! russellsnr2
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