Free tips Championship: Ipswich Town v Leeds United Preview and Betting Tips (3pm, Saturday)
Play-off hopefuls Leeds United travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon in a game between two sides who’s recent struggles have mirrored each other.
We take you through our predictions and betting tips for the fixture at Portman Road.
The corresponding fixture earlier in the season at Elland Road saw Leeds eke out a 1-0 victory thanks to a first-half goal from striker Chris Woods – the fourth match in a row between the two which has been decided by a single goal.
The two clashes last season saw the Tractor Boys win both at home and away by a solitary strike, and only once in the last seven fixtures (4-1 to Ipswich, December 2014) has the game been decided by two goals or more.
Leeds have lost each of their last two visits to Ipswich, despite taking a lead inside four minutes on both occasions.
Ipswich secured an impressive victory at Villa Park but as yet have not secured back-to-back victories all season long, although 24 of their 39 points won this season have come at home, although they’ve only won two of their last seven fixtures at Portman Road.
Back-to-back league defeats has seen Leeds’ hopes of automatic promotion fade significantly and they now sit twelve points off second place and will now be looking nervously over-their-shoulder to a cluster of sides gaining ground behind them. Gary Monk’s men have won seven and lost seven on the road, whilst they have also scored and conceded (21) the same number of goals in what has generally been a consistent, if unspectacular, campaign.
Both sides were also eliminated from the FA Cup by non-league opposition – Lincoln and Sutton United respectively.
Mick McCarthy will have to do without centre-halves Steven Taylor and Adam Webster, while Welsh international midfielder Jonathan Williams is not likely to be available.
For Leeds, midfielder Liam Bridcutt is set to be recalled following a one-match suspension.
Ipswich win 2/1 – Stan James
Chris Wood anytime goalscorer 6/4 – William Hill
Reason for bets
This game is a very tough one to call – both sides are on a poor run of form and despite Leeds having a significantly better season than Ipswich, home form is a great leveler in the Championship and indeed, Town have won more points (24 compared to 22) at home than Leeds have away this season.
Ipswich are slight favourites for this one – their players are fighting for their futures and whilst they are rooted in mid-table, it’s not completely unfeasible that a run of victories could put them into contention for a play-off spot while successive defeats could put them in trouble – so the pressure is less but they’ve plenty to play for, and have a strong record in this fixture, with 19/10 odds hugely generous for a mid-table side at home in this division.
Only Dwight Gayle has scored more Championship goals this year than Chris Wood (18) and his seven goals in his most recent seven league games suggests he is not slowing down – even if they are edged out in this one, expect the striker to find the back of the net.
Ipswich Town v Leeds United match prediction
Ipswich win 2/1 – Stan James
Specific bet prediction
Chris Wood anytime goalscorer 13/8 – William Hill