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U's at Portman Road for First Round clash

8 August 2022

Colchester United take on League One Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening in the First Round of the Carabao Cup.

The U's picked up their first point of the 2022/23 league campaign on Saturday afternoon with a 1-1 draw at home to Carlisle, but the attention switches to cup action for now. 

Wayne Brown's side will take on Ipswich Town at Portman Road in a mouth-watering First Round tie of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. 

It's the second meeting of the two sides in two seasons, with the U's losing on penalties to the Tractor Boys in the Group Stage of the Papa John's Trophy last November. But with a handful of former Ipswich players within Colchester United's squad, there will be plenty of motivation to get one over on their former employers, as well as a spot in the Second Round up for grabs. 

Should the game be level after ninety minutes, it will go straight to a penalty shoot out. 

The Opposition

Heading into the 2022/23 season, Ipswich Town are considered one, if not the favourites for Sky Bet League One. And now, boss Kieran McKenna has had a full pre-season to shape his squad after coming in mid-way through the last campaign. 

Town picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, a 2-1 victory over League One new boys, Forest Green Rovers, with summer signing Marcus Harness and skipper Sam Morsy both on target. 

Looking away from the league action though, McKenna may look to make changes with plenty of players to choose from in his squad. 

Town have brought in six players in the summer - five permanent deals and one loan, with former Colchester United striker Freddie Ladapo joining Ipswich from Rotherham.  


The twenty-nine-year-old made six appearances for the U's in League One between 2012 and 2014, and has ended up just a few miles up the A12 after spells with Crystal Palace, Southend United and Plymouth Argyle before Rotherham. 

Ladapo hit fifteen goals last season for the Millers, leaving after helping them to a second placed finish in League One, to join Ipswich on a three-year deal. 

Other players joining the Tractor Boys in the summer include Dominic Ball, Greg Leigh, Marcus Harness, Leif Davis and Tyreece John-Jules. 

Last Time We Met

The U's played out a goalless draw with Ipswich in the last fixture between the two. It was the final game of the Papa John's Trophy Group stages, with Ipswich taking the extra point with a penalty-shoot-out win at Portman Road. 

Ticket Info
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No tickets are available to purchase on the day from either club. The game is all ticket - please do not head to Portman Road without a valid ticket for the fixture. 

Click HERE for some general info on attending the game, provided by the hosts. 

If you can't make it to the game on Tuesday evening, you can keep up with it via iFollow. Audio passes are available for £2.50 in the UK, with video passes available for £10 if you are watching from outside the UK. Click HERE to see what options are available for you. 

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