The eagerly anticipated East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road is a crucial fixture in the Championship.
Ipswich Town, riding a wave of success, seeks to top the Championship with a win over their bitter rivals.
They have been in exceptional form, winning their last four games and trailing the league leaders by just a point. Ipswich’s attacking prowess was fully displayed in their recent victories against Middlesbrough and Watford.
Norwich City, though currently behind Ipswich, has also been gathering momentum, securing seven points from their last three matches.
Their recent form has alleviated some pressure on head coach David Wagner.
However, they face a significant challenge against Ipswich, who have been dominant, especially at home.
Ipswich Town has been formidable at Portman Road, winning nine out of their last ten league games and scoring an impressive 30 goals in these matches.
This strong home record will be crucial in their clash with Norwich.
Regarding team dynamics, Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna might bring Nathan Broadhead and Wes Burns back to the starting XI.
Ipswich’s recent matchwinner, Sam Morsy, is on the brink of suspension, adding a layer of complexity to their lineup.
Norwich is also looking to strengthen their defence with the possible returns of Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson. After impressing in their last game, Norwich’s Borja Sainz might be rotated out for Christian Fassnacht or Onel Hernandez.
Tip & Prediction
The betting odds reflect Ipswich’s strong position, with Ipswich favoured to win and over 3.5 goals being a notable bet.
Jonathan Rowe of Norwich is also a player to watch for any-time scoring. Considering both teams ‘ trends this season, the match is expected to be high-scoring.
Overall, the prediction for this match leans towards a 2-1 victory for Ipswich Town.
Despite Norwich’s potential to cause an upset, Ipswich’s impressive form, especially at home, and their goal-scoring capabilities make them the favourites in this derby clash.