2018-19 Championship preview: Ipswich Town

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over Ipswich Town.

Name: Ipswich Town

Nickname: The Tractor Boys

Manager: Paul Hurst

Stadium: Portman Road [30,300]

Postcode: IP1 2DA

Club website: www.itfc.co.uk

Nearest train station: Ipswich

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide.com

Promotion odds (Sky Bet): 28/1

Last meeting: Sky Bet Championship – Ipswich 2-2 Millwall [Martyn Waghorn 52', 54'; Jake Cooper 27', George Saville 60']; April 2, 2018

Last season: 12th in Sky Bet Championship

Goals for: 57

Goals against: 60

Top league goal scorer: Martyn Waghorn (18)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: Gwion Edwards [£790k from Peterborough]; Jordan Roberts [Free transfer from Crawley]; Trevoh Chalobah [loan from Chelsea]

Outs: Adam Webster [£4 million to Bristol City]; Mustapha Carayol; David McGoldrick [both released]; Michael Crowe [free transfer to Preston]; Luke Hyam [free transfer to Southend]; Stephen Gleeson [free transfer to Aberdeen]

Ipswich moved swiftly to appoint a new manager following a rather busy end to their season with Mick McCarthy's sudden resignation, although he would have left upon the completion of their campaign anyway.

The new manager, Paul Hurst, led a Shrewsbury Town side – who were tipped to be battling the drop last year – to a top-six finish, eventually losing to Rotherham United at Wembley in the League One play-off final.

Hurst has lost one of his key players already, with Adam Webster moving to replace Aden Flint at Bristol City.

England youth international and brother of Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, Trevoh, has joined on loan for the 2018-19 season. He has recently had success with England's youth sides, and is taking part in the U19 European Championships, with the Three Lions currently topping their group. Chalobah has captained the side so far in this tournament, too.

Left-winger Gwion Edwards could be a useful signing, and Jordan Roberts will look to push the ex-Peterborough man for a starting berth after making the step-up from League Two Crawley.

Key man Martyn Waghorn could also be set to leave the club, with Millwall target Tom Bradshaw linked as a potential option for the Portman Road outfit if the former Rangers striker moves on.

Prediction: Lower mid-table

This side disappointed last season and having lost such an influential player in Webster, which may mean a worse campaign this time around.

Hurst is an inexperienced manager at this level and that may cost the Tractor Boys. They also need to add more quality to the squad, particularly if Waghorn does leave.

This season: 

Millwall vs. Ipswich – Saturday October 27, 2018 [Kick-off: 3pm]

Ipswich vs. Millwall – Tuesday January 1, 2019 [Kick-off: 3pm]

Image: Millwall FC