Ipswich Town vs Norwich City Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Ipswich and Norwich will meet Sunday lunchtime for the first East-Anglian derby since Norwich’s promotion season. City were the winners that day and they’ll have the opportunity to make it six wins in seven against their rivals. Below is our match preview, prediction and betting tips.
Game: Ipswich vs Norwich
Venue: Portman Road
Kick-off: 12.00pm, Sunday 21st August
Norwich fans will naturally have been disappointed to see their team relegated last season, but the financial windfall and the way their team is already shaping up this season makes me think for any side that can get out of this league, then relegation the following season isn’t the worst thing that can happen to them. We’ve also seen it benefit Burnley.
Ipswich are as per usual chasing the playoffs and they’ve began this season with a win, a draw and a loss, and a shock exit in the League Cup. They were beaten 1-0 at home by Stevenage and last night’s 0-0 draw with Wolves means the hosts here have only scored in one of their four games this season.
Norwich were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Wednesday but have since beaten Bristol City 1-0 and of course made light work of Blackburn prior. City have the advantage of a few days’ extra rest here as they did not have to compete in the first round of League Cup games.
Recent history is very much on the side of the visitors here who are currently on a six game unbeaten run against Ipswich. That’s come in the form of five wins – two of which were away – and one draw. Ipswich will have their work cut out here, but rivalries bring out the best in some teams.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
The hosts Ipswich are a bigger price here at best odds of 13/5, whilst visitors Norwich are as good as 5/4 with Unibet but some bookmakers are only offering even money. The draw is available at 12/5 with Bet365.
Despite both Norwich’s dominance in this fixture and their overall better form this is a tightly priced contest. It will probably be a tightly contested game too, although Norwich have run away with this fixture on occasion. They’ve secured 5-1 and 4-1 wins amidst their recent unbeaten run.
I would like to think Ipswich’s form and goal scoring problems so far won’t count for much here. As a passionate professional I’d expect any player to put those things to one side and play for the badge in such a game, but Norwich have been mean defensively so far, which does make me worry for the tractor boys.
I think having watched the highlights and looked at the stats this should not be a long term problem for Ipswich. They had a lot of the ball high up the pitch against Wolves and did create chances. They were limited to long distance shots at times in all of their games so far, but they are creating. Ipswich had no fewer than 10 shots in the box against Brentford and failed to convert one.
Norwich have been much more clinical scoring five goals in three games so far. Their game with Wednesday was flat from both sides, but they pinned Bristol City back and reduced them to long ball on Tuesday, and should have scored more than one goal. Despite City being reduced to counter attacks and long balls, I couldn’t help but notice Norwich did allow them good enough chances to score goals on the break.
Ipswich may have to dig in similarly here but I do think despite their poor form in front of goal they’ll create chances and take one in such an important game. Our free betting tip is going to be both teams to score here at 9/10 with Stan James. I think Ipswich’s form in front of goal is not true to their quality and we’ve gotten a good price here.
I do however have to think Norwich can win this game based on form and history, so I’ll offer Norwich to win 2-1 as my correct score prediction at 8/1 with Paddy Power. Steven Naismith is still relatively new to Norwich fans having made just 13 appearances last season and failing to impress often. A sure fire way to play yourself in to the hearts of Norwich fans will be to score a goal against Ipswich. Steven Naismith to score at any time is 12/5 with Paddy Power.
Free Betting Tip
Both Teams Score – 9/10 with Stan James
Correct Score Prediction
Norwich 2-1 – 8/1 with Paddy Power
Steven Naismith – 12/5 with Paddy Power