Date: 4th August 2017 at 10:56pm
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It’s finally here! The 2017/18 Championship season kicked-off last night with two games, but the one you’ve been waiting for is today.

Here’s the first edition of our new pre-match piece where we’ll be discussing what’s to come for Blues, how they might approach the game and how they could exploit their opponents.

Overview

Blues are in action as they travel to Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town in our season opener. It’s Harry Redknapp`s first full season in charge at the club after he successfully guided us to second tier safety in the last three games of our last campaign.

I’m expecting all three of our summer signings (David Stockdale, Marc Roberts and Cheikh Ndoye) to start the game against Mick McCarthy`s side but the notable absentee for Blues will be Lukas Jutkiewicz. The calf injury he sustained in the final pre-season game against Swansea last week hasn’t cleared up so it paves the way for Clayton Donaldson or Che Adams to lead the line for Blues.

Approach

Make no mistake about it, Redknapp would love to get off to a flying start with three points. We’d all love that. But I just have the feeling that Blues may find it more difficult with their limited attacking options.

That said, I’d expect the line-up to be in a 4-4-1-1 formation with David Davis covering the right side of midfield in what is likely to be a dogged, well-fought game.

What that means is that Redknapp will be looking for his side to concentrate on being solid first and foremost. He’d then be asking the likes of Donaldson and Adams to provide us with that outlet when going forward and breaking away.

With the new centre back pairing of Marc Roberts and Michael Morrison, I’m sure we’d be comfortable in soaking up a bit of pressure but, judging by what Jacques Maghoma said in his pre-match interview on BluesTV, Blues will be looking to play from the back and then get it quickly into the feet of the attackers.

Exploit

With it being a new season, it’s difficult to suggest where Blues might be able to exploit their opponents.

But, after Ipswich lost their final pre-season game 6-1 to Charlton last week, there may be a little fragility there for Blues to exploit.

Although you can’t read too much into it and it’s likely that they’ll want to prove a point, it would be wise for Blues get out of the blocks quickly and unsettle the Portman Road crowd.

If we can get Ndoye and Davis in the faces of the Ipswich midfield right from the get-go, it could give Blues the confidence to push on.

Ipswich is always a tough place to go and McCarthy`s teams are always difficult to beat but if Blues stick together and play as a unit, then we`ll give ourselves a good chance of taking points away.

Here’s hoping for a successful season and the perfect start for Blues in this Redknapp era.

Keep Right On!

 
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4 Replies to “The Three Pointer Vs. Ipswich”

  • It would be great if we can kick start our new season with a win at Portman Road today.By no means will this be an easy task,sure they were thrashed in their final pre season friendly,I’m sure a lot of the players will be wishing to make amends today at our cost.Mick McCarthy is a good manager,experienced and wise,will employ a system to best suit his players and make no doubt about it,they will be looking at BCFC and thinking they can snatch all three points.They start as favourites,the bookies more often than not are accurate however no game is predictable,especially so in this league the Championship where the standard with the majority of teams is fairly equal,with one or two exceptions. We are a solid team with the new additions,all three probably start,looking forward to seeing how good Ndoye is and what he can bring to BCFC,he looks class however it’s always a worry when a player who has never played in England first arrives and his communication will be lacking as he has to try and develop speaking English, KRO

  • Disgraceful that HR hasn’t brought in a striker all summer. Forget this Flint nonsense and follow Sheff.Utd and Ipswich in Sharp and Garner. If this is a bridge too far then Harry needs to look at himself. Today we wer dire and to see Donaldson woeful miss plus Brock on the bench says it all-promise the earth in May,get the mugs to buy record season ticket sales and then serve up the usual.Believe me TTA are not going to spend and mid table security is a pipe dream. Negative comments after just one game against pitiful opposition?you bet it is.

  • It is negative for us all,very negative with all the speculation in the transfer market and this bad result,Lost for words as I want to be positive.Ohio you are right in all you have said,the manager has had all summer to address the strikers and zilch,zero,nothing has happened and as a result zero goals today and zero points.I doubt the manager reads any of this but if you do Harry we are losing patience,we will struggle in a relegation battle if we can’t score.Ohio,I am going to try and stay positive,the window remains open however we have to act NOW before we fall too far behind the pack.If this month goes by without several additions a repeat of last season’s second half will carry on and we will be in huge danger.Honestly never saw this happening,if Redknapp can’t improve our fortunes I doubt anyone can,is it really that hard to buy a striker,other teams don’t appear to be having the difficulties we are experiencing. Awful !

  • Le Hane. Nobody is to blame other than Harry and his expensive side-kick. May,June,early July was the striker buying time before he could use the idiotic Middlesbrough and Assombalonga excuse.He has spent £25K per week on an unnecessary goalkeeper which should have been spent on a lethal striker and now he is chasing a daft high priced Flint who is no better than Shotton.Frei was allowed to go as Maghoma was preferred. As for Donaldson and Brock-Madsen yesterday epitomised a poor period of player management in what has becoming a farce.Cruelly I have to admit is what I refer to Harry at the moment as ‘old hat’ slowly followed by Bruce. They both have had their day,imo.TTA and Paul Suen are cute and will conclude a sale in the near future–something I have had to delve into myself with no help from BM or any sports journalist.Not a bad thing in my opinion as new buyers will take on a proper approach in the quest for Prem.football. As it stands,TTA will furnish some money in the short term and a striker of some sort will no doubt arrive. Lastly,should any Vital football writer wish for further clarification from me-then they know how to contact. My comments,I know may come across as alarming,but they are my opinions only,but only after I have made my own carefully considered enquiries.

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