Ipswich Town vs Charlton Athletic preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
General view of Portman Road before the FA Cup match between Ipswich Town and Oldham Athletic at Portman Road, Ipswich on Saturday 6th November 2021. (Photo by Eddie Garvey/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Charlton Athletic travel to Suffolk on Saturday lunchtime to face Ipswich Town in a match that will conclude the 2021/22 campaigns of both sides at Portman Road.

Ipswich come into the game assured of finishing 10th or 11th in the table, while Charlton will look to end the season in the top half, assured of ending the year somewhere between 12th and 14th.

With plenty still to be decided on the final day of the League One season, this match will be one of those without too many close eyes on, many describing this fixture as 'dead rubber'.

Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna will end his first season in senior management on Saturday having been appointed Tractor Boys boss in December.

The Northern Irishman wants to give his supporters something to be smile about on the final day going into the summer and pre-season.

He said: “I think we all want to give the fans a positive feeling to go away with. I think it’s a one-off game to a certain extent. I don’t really buy into it that this game will have a big emphasis on how we start next season or how next season goes.

“Obviously we haven’t won so many games lately, which is something that we want to put right to finish off the season, but I think mostly we’re looking at it as a one-off game and something that we want to go out and give a good performance in and hopefully send people away happy.”

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Addicks boss Johnnie Jackson will also be ending his first season as manager of the club, having taken charge at The Valley in October, initially as caretaker boss, before getting the job permanently in December.

Ahead of the game, he said: "One game to go and we want to continue a decent run of form.

“It will be a good game, a big club at this level, there will be a big crowd, I know we are also taking a big crowd, they have got nothing to lose as far as placing goes, should have the makings of a good game.”

Team news

Ipswich are likely to be without centre-back Cameron Burgess for Saturday's game after picking up an ankle knock in the week. The former Accrington Stanley defender will face a late fitness test.

Should Burgess be absent, 19-year-old Elkan Baggott could be in line to make his second league appearance. The Indonesian international made his debut at Rotherham United two weeks ago.

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McKenna says Kane Vincent-Young is also being considered to play in a wide centre-back role. The natural full-back returned from injury in last week's draw at Crewe Alexandra.

The Town boss said: “We have different options at centre-half. We don’t know on Cameron yet. We do have Kane Vincent-Young fit, who wasn’t available for the Rotherham game and Kane is someone who has trained quite a lot with us in both side centre-back positions.

“We have some different options for that one if Cameron doesn’t make it that we’ll look at for the game.”

McKenna also said both Wes Burns and Sone Aluko could return to the side after missing out last week. The duo returned to training late this week and a decision will be made on their involvement.

McKenna added: “I’m going to speak to the medical staff this afternoon and we’ll have a discussion as we always do to see what involvement in the game they might be able to have, whether that’s off the bench or possibly to start."

Young midfielder Cameron Humphreys is available for selection again after being named in last week's matchday squad. Tawanda Chirewa, however, is ruled out with tonsillitis.

George Edmundson, Lee Evans, Kyle Edwards and Kayden Jackson all remain out.

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Charlton manager Jackson has confirmed Sean Clare will not be involved due to a medical procedure to remove a birthmark from his face due to the risk of skin cancer.

“We brought it forward so that he’ll be fine to start back when we do. He is going to be laid up for a bit and we thought it was best to get it done as soon as possible. It is the sensible decision," Jackson said.

On the injury front, the Londoners are hopeful Elliot Lee will be involved after returning to training this week.

Corey Blackett-Taylor and Ryan Inniss are available after recovering from illness, while defender Ben Purrington is unlikely to be involved.

Scott Fraser, who signed from opponents Ipswich in January, will also be absent through injury. He has played nine games for Charlton.

Sam Lavelle is out with a shoulder injury while Ben Watson, Chris Gunter and Pape Souare all won't feature and are moving on this summer.

Predicted lineups

With both sides having nothing to play for on the final day, it may come as no surprise should some younger players appear and get minutes under their belts, either from the start or off the bench.

Ipswich Town (3-4-2-1): Walton; Baggott, Woolfenden, Donacien; Thompson, Morsy (c), Bakinson, Burns; Chaplin, Celina; Pigott.

Charlton Athletic (3-5-2): MacGillivray; Famewo, Pearce (c), Inniss; Blackett-Taylor, Morgan, Dobson, Gilbey, Matthews; Washington, Stockley.

Ones to watch

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Towards the back end of the season, Ipswich have struggled to get anyone to find some form.

But, with a goal in each of his last two matches, forward Conor Chaplin is chasing the club's top goalscoring charts, despite not having a consistent run in the side.

Now on 11 goals for the season in all competitions, the former Barnsley man is level with Burns and one behind out-of-form loanee Macauley Bonne. He has started only half of the Tractor Boys' league games.

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Jayden Stockley of Charlton is back to his goalscoring self after a nine-week absence due to a hip injury that saw him return to action in late February.

The 28-year-old has five goals in his last seven appearances and is the Addicks' top scorer this season with 13 goals in the league. The striker has reached 20 goals in all competitions in just 37 games.

Form guide

Ipswich come into the game in what has been a flat finish to the season. Town have won just one of their last eight matches, but remain on a run of two defeats in 16 games.

It is clear that goalscoring has been Ipswich's main problem in recent weeks, scoring just six goals in the aforementioned eight-game spell.

The Blues have lost just once at Portman Road under McKenna in ten home matches.

Charlton have recently found some form after a horrible spell through February and March that saw them claim just one point from a possible 21.

Since, the Londoners have won six of their last nine, with all of those victories also featuring clean sheets.

Charlton are unbeaten in four away matches, winning three of them.

Head-to-head

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The reverse fixture at The Valley in December resulted in a comfortable 2-0 victory for Charlton, in what was John McGreal's first match in interim charge of Ipswich following Paul Cook's sacking three days earlier.

A goal in each half from Stockley and Alex Gilbey saw the Addicks to three points on a night where Ipswich goalkeeper Christian Walton was to thank for the margin not being larger.

Charlton are unbeaten in four games against the Suffolk side without conceding a goal. Ipswich had won the previous three meetings, also all with clean sheets.

How to watch

Saturday's game, as with all other 11 final day matches, will kick off at the earlier time of 12:30 BST and will not be broadcast on television. Overseas supporters will be able to purchase an iFollow match pass from either club, with highlights available to watch in the UK on Quest and globally on social media the following day.

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