Gillingham find themselves in a relegation scrap after collecting just four points from their last nine league games.
Languishing in 22nd place, the Gills are in desperate need of a first victory since October 19 as they bid to close the four-point gap to safety.
Although uneventful, Saturday’s hosts can take some encouragement from a goalless draw away to MK Dons on the opening day of 2022.
That result ended a run of eight consecutive games without keeping a clean sheet, and Steve Evans will need his defence to shine once again if they are to pick up a positive result on Saturday.
The Gills boss also requires a performance from his frontmen, with the Gills struggling in the final third after scoring just 18 league goals this term – only Doncaster Rovers have scored fewer in League One.
Ipswich will be looking to take advantage of a struggling Gillingham side on Saturday as Kieran McKenna takes charge of his second game as Town boss.
His first match at the helm resulted in the Tractor Boys ending 2021 with a narrow victory over high-flying Wycombe Wanderers.
A James Norwood effort was all that was needed to guarantee Ipswich the three points, but if they have ambitions of forcing their way into the playoff picture, Town need to string a number of victories together.
Saturday’s contest presents McKenna with one of his first hurdles as Ipswich boss, with the visitors in desperate need of an improvement in fortunes on the road.
The Tractor Boys have picked up just 11 points on their travels this season, and they enter Saturday’s encounter winless in their last four away matches in all competitions