Bristol City

V

Ashton Gate

17/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

Ipswich Town

V

Ashton Gate

17/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Although these teams are just six points apart, Bristol City look close to the play-off spots whilst Ipswich seem marooned in mid-table.

Last time: Bristol won 2-0 in December 2016, thanks to goals from Lee Tomlin and Luke Freeman. Football predictions are difficult, but it feels like this match might be closer than that one.

This time: Bristol City are 3/4 to win with Ipswich Town at 21/5 and the draw 13/5.

You might remember: A 3-0 win for Ipswich in 2011, which was their last win in Bristol. Michael Chopra scored two, either side of a goal from Lee Martin.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Bristol City welcome Ipswich Town to Ashton Gate for this Sky Bet Championship encounter

This is a Championship preview where the result is very tough to call. Bristol City have been the better team overall this season, but Ipswich are in marginally better form at present, even allowing for their 3-0 home defeat in midweek. Football prediction is a tough business, but here are some football betting tips for the weekend.

Bristol City are 3/4 to win. The Robins are unbeaten in their last four league games at Ashton Gate, winning two and drawing two. Only six teams in the division have won more home games than they have in 2017/18.

Ipswich Town are available at 21/5. The Tractor Boys have been doing better on the road than they have at home recently, with three wins and two draws in their last five Championship matches away from Portman Road. They have conceded just three goals in those games.

The draw is priced at 13/5. Only three teams have drawn more Championship matches than Bristol City have this season, and with these sides fairly close in the league table, this could easily end in a stalemate.

Bobby Reid is 17/2 to score the first goal of the game, or 8/5 to net at any time. The Championship’s joint-top scorer has bagged 17 league goals already this season, and has scored five goals in his last six appearances.

Martyn Waghorn is 10/3 to add his name to the scoresheet, or 10/1 to get the opener. He is Ipswich’s top scorer this season, both in total and away from home. He scored both goals in a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in his previous away match.

Championship predictions are never straight forward, but Bristol City should have just enough to edge this one.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A high card count. Football predictions are always aided by a little research, and only three regular Championship referees issue more yellow cards per game than Darren England, who is the man in the middle for this match, does. Bristol City have already received four red cards this season too.

2

We fancy:

Bristol City to win and both teams to score, at 14/5. The Robins have seen both teams score in three of their last six at home, and it has occurred in four of Town’s last six aways. Ipswich have also featured in the joint-third most away matches where both teams found the net in 2017/18.

3

It's a long shot, but:

A 2-2 draw, at 16/1. Football score predictions are always tricky to get right, but both teams are capable of scoring a couple of goals. As they also have similar records overall this season, a high scoring draw could be the outcome, so at these odds this result could be one of the weekend’s best football betting tips.

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Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.