Date: 5 May 2019
Time: 12.30 BST, 7.30 EDT, 9.30 ART
Streaming: LUTV & iFollow.
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All-time Record: Leeds v Ipswich: 33W 21D 28L
Reverse Fixture: 24 October 2018: Leeds 2-0 Ipswich
League One bound Ipswich Town host playoff bound Leeds United in a match that a good number of Leeds supporters once believed would be a formality to usher in Premier League football back to Leeds. However, after the disastrous Easter weekend for Leeds, this match will instead see Leeds get a result to ensure third place in the table and a first round playoff match-up against Derby County, Bristol City or Middlesbrough. West Bromwich Albion enter today’s matches three points behind Leeds and with a three goal lead in goal difference.
Team news - Bamford is banned obviously, Tyler Roberts is doubtful and Stuart Dallas also. Dallas more likely to be available at Ipswich. Roofe will play. #lufc— Adam Pope (@apopey) May 3, 2019
Kemar Roofe will start at striker today as the other options, Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts are out. Bamford is serving the first of his two match ban for “deceiving a match official” during the draw against Aston Villa last weekend while Roberts is not fit.
Stuart Dallas might be available to play against Ipswich, but in case he’s not, then Gaetano Berardi will be inserted at left back, where he has played a number of times for Leeds over the past few years. Otherwise, the lineup should remain pretty much the same, with Adam Forshaw, Kalvin Phillips, and Matuesz Klich all starting in midfield, Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez on the wing, Kiki Casilla in goal, and Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, and Pontus Jansson rounding out the defense.
Ipswich has had a nightmare of the season that is set to end today, as they’ve had relegation confirmed for a good bit of time now. They’ve lost four out of the last five matches and they’ve only won four matches all season, with their last win coming about a month ago with a 1-2 victory away at Bolton Wanderers.
Ipswich appear to have packed in it weeks ago, and Leeds should win this match walking away, as long as they take the match seriously. This will be a warm up for the upcoming playoffs and if Leeds drop an ugly loss, it will call into question the commitment that this team has to finish the season on a high note.