A View From The Away End: The Blue Monday Podcast

A Q&A with Ipswich Town fan Michael Pentti Smith of The Blue Monday Podcast, ahead of Saturday’s league fixture with The Tractor Boys…

Firstly, tell us about The Blue Monday podcast…
The Blue Monday Podcast is a three times weekly show on all things ITFC presented by fans for the fans, which is also available as a video on YouTube. Blue Monday was founded in 2015 by EFL Expert Benjamin Bloom and ITFC ‘aficionado’ David Dymond. The team has since grown with Renegade Statman, Rich Woodward, Joe Fairs, Harry Wainwright, Amy Downes and myself joining the team. Our ‘Flagship’ show reviews the weekend’s action, while the recently re-branded midweek show see’s us discuss the week’s main topics ahead of the next Saturday fixture. We also have an immensely popular ‘This Week in ITFC History’ show which see’s Dave and Stat discuss memorable moments in time from our (sometimes) wonderful past.

How do you think Ipswich will set up against Posh on Saturday?
I’m expecting Paul Lambert to name a similar line-up to the one that saw us draw 1-1 with Sunderland last Saturday, albeit with left-winger Luke Garbutt missing out through injury. He may stick with a 4-4-2 formation – with Alan Judge replacing Garbutt on the left – but most of the BM team would like to see a change of formation with Judge moving into the number 10 role. This could potentially see ex-Posh man Gwion Edwards start on the wing.

Who from your side will be the Posh’ biggest threat?
Our standout player so far this season has been defensive midfielder Flynn Downes, but the biggest threat to Posh is probably James Norwood, who will be desperate to get off the mark for Town in the league.

Which Posh (if any) player are you expecting to cause you the most problems?
I can’t claim to know too much about the current Peterborough squad, but George Boyd is a player I’ve always admired and he obviously enjoyed himself the last time he faced Ipswich at London Road! Unfortunately we signed Paul Taylor the following year instead of Boyd!

What are your thoughts on Paul Lambert?
I’m a big fan of Lambert and the way he has re-invigorated a fan-base that became splintered towards the end of Mick McCarthy’s reign. But while Lambert has done a superb job of getting the fans behind the current team, some are a little worried by a perceived lack of ‘pattern-of-play’.

What are your expectations for Ipswich this season?
Hopefully we’ll have a more consistent approach as we find our feet in League One. My expectations for the season are more players struggling to recover from injuries, a group stage exit from the EFL Cup, a first round exit from the FA Cup and a sixth place finish in the league.

Finally… Score predictions for Saturday?
I’m predicting a 2-2 draw on Saturday