Both Ipswich and Coventry head into the Championship’s televised Monday night tie just outside the relegation zone, despite starting the campaign with differing objectives…
A squad featuring the likes of David Stockdale, Lee Bowyer, Jimmy Bullard and Michael Chopra should be in top-six contention, but primarily due to defensive shortcomings – conceding 15 times in four games – Ipswich are falling short of that billing.
Coventry meanwhile have a squad tipped to struggle and an inexperienced man in charge in Andy Thorn, yet are unbeaten in three and have shown a resilience that Ipswich fans can only dream of, leaking just five times in six matches.
That ability to keep things tight could prove invaluable at Portman Road and they can also glean confidence from the fact that they took four points off of the Tractor Boys last season.
The Sky Blues don’t specialise in away wins though, enjoying only one in their last 18 attempts, so the draw looks the best bet for this encounter at 12/5. If you anticipate a winner, the hosts can be backed at evens, with the visitors available at 11/4.
Will the combination of Ipswich’s fragile backline and Coventry’s more solid defence produce over or under 2.5 goals? It’s a tough call, which is why both options are offered at 5/6 on Ladbrokes.
Perhaps the best goal market dabbling to do on this occasion is to back both teams to score at 8/11, as that has been a feature of seven of the last eight games at Portman Road, not to mention each of the clubs’ last 18 meetings. A 1-1 draw is 7/1.
Jason Scotland was on the scoresheet in this fixture last term and also got Ipswich’s comeback going in their last home outing against Leeds, and so stands out as a contender to be the first goalscorer at 6/1.