Ipswich Town vs. Maidstone United: FA Cup Fourth Round Preview

Ipswich Town vs. Maidstone United FA Cup: preview, prediction, team news, lineups

Ipswich Town are taking a break from Championship action as they gear up to face Maidstone United, the lowest-ranked team left, in the FA Cup fourth round this Saturday.

Match Preview:

The home side, currently sitting in third place in the Championship, will be facing Maidstone, who occupy the fourth spot in the National League South.

Match Preview Ipswich Town’s recent form hasn’t been the best, with just one win in their last seven Championship matches under Kieran McKenna.

Despite this, they managed to secure two draws against Leicester City, with both equalisers coming in the closing minutes.

In their previous encounter at the King Power Stadium, Jeremy Sarmiento scored the leveller, extending Ipswich’s unbeaten streak to five games in the second tier.

However, with four draws, the Tractor Boys are just two points ahead of fourth place. A change of competition in the FA Cup may benefit them after their recent efforts in the Championship.

Maidstone, on the other hand, have had an impressive journey to the fourth round, winning six matches without the need for a replay.

With George Elokobi at the helm, Maidstone’s priority is to earn a return to the National League, and their focus is now on achieving a historic result against Ipswich in the FA Cup fourth round.

Ipswich Town FA Cup form: W

Ipswich Town form (all competitions): D, D, D, W, W, D

Maidstone United FA Cup form: W, W, W, W, W, W

Maidstone United form (all competitions): W, W, W, L, L, D

Team News

McKenna will have midfielder Sam Morsy back from a two-match ban, and he is expected to rotate with squad members.

Additionally, new signing Manny Doku may be handed his first start for Maidstone due to the current striker shortage at the club.

Possible Starting Lineups

Ipswich Town: (4-2-3-1)

Walton;

Tuanzebe, Woolfenden, Ball, Humphreys;

Morsy, Taylor;

Hutchinson, Broadhead, Sarmiento;

Aluko

Maidstone United: (5-2-1-2)

Lucas;

Hoyte, Appiah, Fowler, Kyprianou, Ezennolim;

Corne, Gurung;

Sole;

Doku, Reynolds

Prediction: Ipswich Town 4-0 Maidstone United

While an upset cannot be ruled out, the gulf in class between the teams makes it unlikely for Maidstone to continue their run at Portman Road.

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