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Blues End Friendly Programme at Cambridge United
Friday, 28th Aug 2020 19:22

Town complete their pre-season friendly programme at Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon (KO 1pm).

Unlike previous friendlies, the game, which is behind closed doors, won’t be available for fans to watch on a stream. However, there is commentary via BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Boss Paul Lambert again seems certain to start his side in the 4-3-3 system which has become familiar throughout pre-season.

The Scot said after Tuesday’s friendly with West Ham that many of those that weren’t involved or came off the bench against the Hammers would play against the League Two U’s.

Among them could be James Norwood and James Wilson, who began training with the rest of the squad on Monday, and new striker Oli Hawkins, who had been training on his own prior to joining the Blues just under a fortnight ago.

Kane Vincent-Young was expected to be fine despite suffering from an achilles problem, while Lambert said Luke Woolfenden would start.

Cole Skuse and Jack Lankester were also not involved on Tuesday, while Emyr Huws, Alan Judge and David Cornell were the senior players to come off the bench on Tuesday. Myles Kenlock has had a minor thigh problem but could also make the trip.

Some or all of Idris El Mizouni, who spent time on loan at Cambridge last season, Armando Dobra, Corrie Ndaba, Aaron Drinan and Brett McGavin are expected to travel.

Gwion Edwards may be a doubt having suffered a minor groin problem during Tuesday’s fixture.

The teams met in a pre-season friendly a year ago when they played out a 0-0 draw with Flynn Downes shown a late red card for a headbutt.

Cambridge drew 0-0 at Gillingham in their previous friendly having previously been beaten 3-2 by West Ham's U23s.

Town start their season proper next Saturday when Bristol Rovers visit Portman Road in the Carabao Cup.

Meanwhile, a Blues U23s side was beaten 2-1 by their Norwich City counterparts at Playford Road this evening with Liam Gibbs scoring the Town goal.

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Len_Brennan added 19:52 - Aug 28
Vincent-Young, Woolfenden, Wilson, Ward
Bishop, Downes, Huws
Lankester, Norwood, Sears.

village_blue added 21:31 - Aug 28
No mention of Jackson again. What’s going on?

KiwiBlue2 added 00:25 - Aug 29
Len - I like the look of that line-up with Cornell ( lucky after last week's display) Ndaba, Chambers, Edwards (if ok, if not Dobra) Dozzel, Hawkins, Jackson, Drinnan on the bench.

harlingblue added 04:12 - Aug 29
Holy/Cornell, neither too convincing at the moment.
Donacian, Chambers, Woolfenden/Nsiala, Ward/Kenlock
Vincent-Young, Downes, Dozzel, Bishop,
Drinnan, Sears.
Give them a chance, Jackson wants away, but only really has pace, Norward, I am not sure what he wants? New signing Hawkins we don't know about, but at 6ft 5ins, he should win most headers.

unknown100 added 11:04 - Aug 29
@LenBrennan think you’ve probably got it spot on but I’d like to see Jackson instead of sears

On a side note if Jackson isn’t going to start next year or play we need to sell him now and get in a replacement rather than waiting until the day before the season, get a swap deal with a championship player because money is no good to us

shortmarine1969 added 11:56 - Aug 29
Jackson has a knock - repoteed in one of the EADT articles - so no conspiracy / issues or anything like that - you are simply reading things from nothing being said.!

Tony88 added 12:31 - Aug 29
Sorry Len Brennan meant to leave like the team.

Upthetown1970 added 13:48 - Aug 29
Liam Gibbs another goal for the 23's. Another goal scoring young midfielder.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 13:48 - Aug 29
"A disappointing Ipswich team that has offered very little." Even given it was a Cambridge commentator, that doesn't sound all that promising.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:53 - Aug 29
Well, I suppose we shouldn't read too much into this, but I'd hoped we'd be beating an L2 team today. We seem toothless up front. Worrying!

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