Sunday 10 February: 12pm KO
There’s not a great deal of distance between Norwich and Ipswich in terms of distance. It’s a different story when it comes to the English Championship though, as top-of-the table Norwich City host bottom-of-the-table Ipswich Town. Both sides need the points but for very different reasons.
Local derbies are usually about bragging rights but there is so much more at stake in this game. Norwich City start the weekend top of the Championship but by the time this game begins on Sunday, that is likely to have changed.
Third-placed Sheffield United play on Friday at Aston Villa, while second-placed Leeds United travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday. Norwich only lead the table on goal difference so they could be as low as third by the time this match kicks-off. City are currently 7/4 (1.75) at BetVictor to win the title and 4/6 (1.66) at Betfred to win promotion.
Norwich City are unbeaten in their last five league games. Only Derby County have been able to beat them in a league game in their last 18, a run going back to October.
They may be top of the table now but City made a slow start to the season, winning just one of their first six league fixtures. It all started happening for them in mid-September with a run of four straight league wins and they have rarely looked back since then.
Top teams need to be consistent to achieve success but that’s not easy in this league. The last four Norwich City league games have produced one win, two draws and a 4-3 defeat by Derby County. Not since early December have Norwich won two home league games in a row. Their last home game was a draw, so a win must be due. The odds on them beating Ipswich are 4/11 (1.36) at Betfair.
If only life was so rosy for Ipswich Town. They have had an appalling season and are bottom of the table. The Tractor Boys have been in that position for the past 18 match days and they are five points adrift and eight from safety.
Ipswich have lost their last three league games since a 1-0 home win over fellow relegation-battlers Rotherham United. That’s one of just three league wins this season for Ipswich and only one has come on their travels. Their only away victory was in October at Swansea City. Since then, Ipswich have played nine away games and earned just one point. There are odds of 15/2 (8.5) on an away win in this match.
Head to Head
Four of the last five games between these two sides has ended in a draw. It’s 7/2 (4.5) at Betway this game ends up all-square.
Ipswich defender James Collins is battling to be fit for this game. Their captain Luke Chambers is hoping to make his return.
Lack of Goals in Recent Matches
Eight of the last nine games played between these two sides has seen under 2.5 goals scored in them. If that happens again this weekend, you can get odds of 10/11 (1.91) at Ladbrokes.
Norwich Clean Sheet
Ipswich Town struggle to score on their travels with just nine away league goals this season. Ten times they have failed to score in an away match including seven of the last nine. The odds on Norwich City keeping a clean sheet are 4/5 (1.8) at William Hill.
As much as Ipswich Town would love to get one over their rivals, it looks unlikely here. Norwich need the points to maintain their promotion challenge and will be hard to beat at Carrow Road. They haven’t lost a home game to Ipswich since 2006 and a bet on a Norwich win to nil is available at evens (2.0) at Paddy Power.