Paul Jewell is 18/1 to guide his new side to the Carling Cup title

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Ipswich may be chasing silverware in the Carling Cup, but Roy Keane’s sacking was based on their Championship performance and Paul Jewell has a tough task to keep Ipswich in the Championship.

Wednesday night’s Carling Cup tie with Arsenal will be Jewell’s first game in charge of the Tractor Boys and the Carling Cup betting odds suggest that it may be a night to forget for Jewell.

Despite the match being played at Ipswich’s Portman Road ground, Arsenal are the short price favourites in every betting category and can be backed at just 8/1 to win the match 3-0.

Ipswich are 7/1 to win the game and take a lead into the second leg, but Jewell takes charge of a side that has just been thumped 7-0 by Premier League opposition and it’s difficult to see Jewell turning things round so quickly.

However Jewell was in charge when Wigan dumped Arsenal out of the Carling Cup semi-final and that could be the omen that turns Ipswich’s season around.

Jewell’s first league game in charge is on Saturday away to Millwall and is the start of a six-game run that will go a long way to defining the fate of Ipswich’s season.

The injection of a new man at the helm may be exactly what the Ipswich side need and Jewell will be targeting a return of 12 points from the next possible 18 to lead the side away from relegation.

Ipswich’s Championship title betting odds of 200/1 would tell us that Ipswich have no chance of contending for the title and that the 18/1 for them to win the Carling Cup is the better bet.

A £10 stake on Ipswich lifting the Carling Cup trophy would return £190. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.