It’s a story of two contrasting seasons as relegated Ipswich travel to Championship Title and promotion chasers Sheffield United in a game that could have huge impact on who makes it in to the top flight.
It’s been a torrid season for The Tractor Boys, especially away from home where they have been beaten an incredible 15 times. They’ve taken just 11 points, unmatched for a low total in the league asides from Wigan. They’ve won on the road just twice, which has been a large contributing factor to their confirmed relegation from The Championship. Realistically they would’ve needed to collect more points at Portman Road to have any chance of staying up but the sheer number of away losses they’ve taken this season will be a point of real concern for next seasons League One campaign.
It’s a tough ask for an Ipswich team with nothing to play for, they may take some motivation from having the potential to have a big impact on the final standings of The Championship but the reality is they’re facing one of the divisions form sides who also happen to hold the best home record in The Championship. The Blades lie in wait behind Norwich; three points behind The Canaries with a slightly superior goal difference, ready to take advantage of the leaders if they slip up. Leeds are breathing down the neck of Saturday’s hosts in the race for automatic promotion and United will be taking nothing for granted in what looks like a straight forward game. Leeds fell victim to a similar trap against Wigan. United are huge favourites at just 1.14 to win the match, with Ipswich all the way out at 17.0 to take the three points.
The biggest bit of team news comes from the home dressing room as club Captain and top scorer Billy Sharp could return to action here. He is set to be assessed on Friday and dependant on his condition he will either be a part of the squad or potentially put in to the starting 11. He’s the shortest odds for a goal in this match at 1.73 anytime but I’d hold fire on any bets on this market until his place in the side is confirmed.
Ipswich have a few bumps and bruises from recent matches. Gwion Edwards looks unlikely to play, he’s been one of the few positives from a horrible season. Myles Kenlock and Jon Nolan missed the defeat against Swansea but are both back in training however their participation in this match is unconfirmed. Ellis Harrison is unavailable but may feature before the end of the season.
United are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 Championship outings and are in hot pursuit of promotion to The Premier League. With it looking likely that their main talisman will return as well I don’t hold out much hope for Ipswich to get a result here. They’ve managed just 11 away points and they’re facing a side who are unmatched in terms of their success in front of their own fans. I’d be siding with a comfortable win for Sheffield United whether that be through a handicap selection or backing United to score a certain number of goals, for example two or more at a price of 1.25.
Sheffield United -1 @ 1.44
Sheffield United to be winning at half time and full time @ 1.53
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.5