It’s been a rather interesting week for Ipswich Town.
A 4-1 humiliation against bitter rivals Norwich City last weekend had people calling for Roy Keane’s head, while a Carling Cup quarter-final win over West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday actually had the Ipswich boss smiling.
Despite the poor league form that has seen them lose their last four games, The Tractor Boys are 11/8 to win this clash – exactly the same as high flying Swansea City.
Ipswich haven’t beaten the Swans in their last four league meetings, with three draws and one win for the Welsh side.
Their last match may have finished in a dour 0-0 draw at the Liberty in March, but Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea is a very different side to the one he inherited from Paulo Sousa.
The Swans now go out to attack teams rather than just defend, and their away record – four wins and a draw in their last five games – seems to bear this out.
Ipswich’s already depleted squad will not have been helped in their quest for three points by their midweek Carling Cup tie against West Brom. With the Swans having over a week’s rest from their 2-1 home defeat against Portsmouth last Friday, they will certainly be the fresher of the teams.
They also look set to welcome back captain Gary Monk from a calf injury, and his experience could be vital against Swansea old boys Jason Scotland and Rory Fallon.
Swansea have not suffered consecutive defeats in the league since August 2009 and it’s hard to see them being beaten by Ipswich in this clash. Back the Swans to come out on top at a very tempting 11/8.
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