Ipswich take on Maidstone United of the National League South in the FA Cup fourth round and the Championship promotion contenders are hoping to avoid a massive upset at Portman Road.
Jeremy Sarmiento's late equaliser for Ipswich at leaders Leicester on Monday kept the Tractor Boys in second place in the Championship but their focus switches to the FA Cup on Saturday.
Given the demands of a Championship promotion battle also featuring in-form Southampton and Leeds, Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna is likely to shuffle his pack for this fourth-round tie at home to Maidstone Utd.
Ipswich are hot favourites for victory at Portman Road, where only Leeds have won in the Championship this season, and Wales international Nathan Broadhead can get them off to a flying start.
Broadhead has scored eight goals in 20 league starts for Ipswich this season, having found the net eight times in 19 appearances during their successful League One promotion campaign in 2022/23.
His last goal came in December's 2-2 derby draw with Norwich, when he had six shots in the match, and he racked up three attempts in this week's 19-minute substitute appearance against runaway leaders Leicester.
Correct-score punters should be looking at a wide-margin Ipswich win as Maidstone's away record is far from convincing.
They have beaten League Two Barrow and Stevenage of League One in the last two rounds of the FA Cup but both of those victories came on their own patch.
George Elokobi's men have lost five of their last six away games including a 5-1 National League South defeat at Worthing and a 4-0 drubbing by Barnet in the FA Trophy.
Ipswich have kept a clean sheet in only one of their last 10 home wins in all competitions but Maidstone's attacking absentees mean the hosts have a great chance of a rare shutout.
The shots are missing the injured Sol Wanjau-Smith, who scored a hat-trick in their opening FA Cup tie against Steyning in September, as well as ineligible strikers Matt Rush and Timmy Abraham, the brother of Roma and England striker Tammy.
McKenna will not want his team to use up any more energy than is necessary in this tie and Maidstone, who beat Stevenage 1-0 in round three, are capable of keeping the scoreline respectable so a 3-0 Ipswich win is worth a bet.
Maidstone are pushing for promotion from the National League South but there is a gulf in class between themselves and Ipswich, who are gunning for a return to the Premier League this season.
That disparity between the teams means the odds about a red card being shown at Portman Road are appealing.
Two of Ipswich's last four opponents – Stoke in the Championship and AFC Wimbledon in the third round of the cup – have been reduced to 10 men and the Stones have had a player sent off in three of their last five away matches.
The men from Kent have had six dismissals in 31 National League South and FA Trophy fixtures this season and Ipswich's slick forwards may well cause Maidstone more disciplinary problems.
Kieran McKenna is likely to rest some of his first-team regulars but experienced midfielder Sam Morsy is available after suspension. Jeremy Sarmiento should start on the left wing but George Hirst (hamstring) is sidelined and Cameron Burgess is on international duty with Australia at the Asian Cup.
New signing Manny Doku and Lamar Reynolds could lead the line as strikers Matt Rush and Timmy Abraham are cup-tied and fellow forward Sol Wanjau-Smith (ankle) has been ruled out. Defender Raphe Brown is suspended after his red card against Slough last weekend.
Both teams have scored in nine of Ipswich's last 10 home victories.
Maidstone Utd have conceded 17 goals in their last six away games.
This is the first meeting between Ipswich and Maidstone Utd.
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