Game neither side dare to lose

IT is a game neither team dare lose.When Ipswich Town line up at Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon £60million will be at stake.

Elvin King

IT is a game neither team dare lose.

When Ipswich Town line up at Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon £60million will be at stake.

If the seventh-placed Blues win they will go five points clear of eighth-placed Wolves leaving Crystal Palace and possibly Watford standing in the way of a top-six play-off finish.

If Wolves recover from their 1-0 home defeat by West Brom on Tuesday to beat Jim Magilton's side then they will move one point ahead of Town - and with a game in hand. This would virtually rule out Ipswich's dreams of earning millions from Premier League football in 2008/09.

A draw would keep both sides very much in the hunt, with Watford playing Palace on Saturday meaning that points will be dropped by Town's two other main rivals.

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If Magilton can motivate his side into a repeat of their passionate display against Norwich last Sunday and come away from Molineux with three points, a draw at Preston on Saturday week and a win at home to Hull City on May 4 should be enough to confirm a sixth-place finish.

What has to be a worry for Blues fans is the fact that Town have only kept one clean sheet away from home this campaign - at Palace. Now would be an ideal time to improve that record.

Players from both sides are aware of the importance of Saturday's contest, which will probably be won by the side that keeps the coolest heads.

Town star Jon Walters said: “We have moved up from 14th last season to seventh this term. This is good progress, but we will all be gutted if we don't make the play-offs.

“Wolves still have a game in hand, but if we win on Saturday we will have a clear advantage over them.

“I think it will go down to the last game of the season, but we have work to do to make sure when we play Hull we can be one of the teams that can finish in the top six.”

Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey agreed with Walters over the importance of Saturday's match. He said: “Now is the time we have to push on and definitely get three points against Ipswich - that's a massive game for us and we've just got to take the points.

“It's definitely a must-win game. It's there for us and we've got to grab it. It's still in our hands, but we've got to beat Ipswich. We're devastated after losing on Tuesday but we will keep our heads high.”

Town will be training on the main pitch at Portman Road prior to travelling to the midlands with Alex Bruce expected to recover from a lower back problem.

Shefki Kuqi, with a hamstring injury, has been resting and has still not been ruled out, but remains doubtful along with David Norris.

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