Ipswich Town vs Leeds United Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: It’s back to the bread and butter of the Championship business for Ipswich and Leeds, after both sides were knocked out of the FA Cup over the weekend.
Last time: Leeds won an entertaining game at Elland Road 3-2 earlier this season, with strikes from Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kalvin Phillips along with an own goal from Bartosz Bialkowski proving enough to see off the Tractor Boys.
This time: Ipswich are 21/10 for the win, while Leeds are 8/5 and the draw is 9/4.
You might remember: A late show from the Tractor Boys exactly two years ago. Souleymane Doukara gave the Whites the lead in the first minute, before Ryan Fraser set up the equaliser for Luke Chambers just after half time and the injury time winner for Brett Pitman.
Ipswich’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 4
Jordan Spence is suspended for the Blues after his straight red card for barging into Aboubakar Kamara in the defeat at Fulham. Mick McCarthy’s side were ahead when the defender received his marching orders but went on to lose 4-1, and he’ll be a miss after playing in all but five of Ipswich’s games so far this season.
Leeds’ last six: Won: 4 Drawn: 1 Lost: 1
The visitors have their own suspension to worry about after Samu Saiz received a six match ban for spitting at Robbie Willmott during the Whites’ FA Cup loss at Newport. It’s the second time the Spanish forward has been embroiled in a spitting row this season, and he’ll be unavailable for United until February 20.
Betting Tips & Predictions
The hosts can’t afford to lose this game if they want to retain any hopes of reaching this season’s play-offs, while Leeds come into the encounter without a win in their last three games. Both sides are a real threat going forward, so Saturday’s result could come down to which side puts in the strongest defensive display.
Ipswich are 21/10 to claim a victory which would take them to within four points of sixth placed Leeds. Defeat in this game would surely be curtains for any play-off hopes, with the visitors moving 10 points clear of the Tractor Boys. Ipswich supporters have found McCarthy’s side hard to watch at times this season, but with 39 goals both scored and conceded, there’s often incident in their games.
Leeds are 8/5 for the win, so they start the game as slight favourites in the betting. They’ll suffer from Saiz’s absence as the Spaniard is one goal short of reaching double figures for the season across all competitions in his debut season, although he’s one behind top scorer Kemar Roofe who’ll be a major threat to the Blues’ backline.
The draw is 9/4 which could be good value bearing in mind Leeds’ current mini slump and Ipswich’s form this season. With the Tractor Boys scoring and conceding an average of 1.5 goals a game this term, a 1-1 scoreline is priced at 28/5, while it’s 16/1 for 2-2. An over 2.5 goals bet is 13/10, while it’s 13/14 for both teams to score.
Martyn Waghorn is Ipswich’s top scorer with 10 Championship goals to his name already, and he’s 33/10 to add to his tally on Saturday. If you think the English striker will notch the first of the game it’s 15/2, with the bookmakers favouring Joe Garner slightly more at 6/1 to break the deadlock.
Leeds striker Caleb Ekuban is the 11/2 favourite to open the scoring, and register his first league goal for the Whites after arriving in the summer. The Italian-born Ghanaian’s debut campaign has been derailed by injury, but United fans are hoping that he starts to fire. If he does, Leeds have a great chance of making the play-offs, and Ekuban is 40/17 to score anytime in this one.
Predicted Score: Ipswich Town 1 - 2 Leeds United
Look out for:
Tractor Boys stuck in first gear. Ipswich have only managed to score four goals in their last seven games, with their only victory in this period a 2-0 home win over Reading. Leeds are 19/10 to keep a clean sheet, and 31/10 to win to nil.
Roofe to score and Leeds to win at 10/3. Although Whites boss Thomas Christiansen will hope Ekuban finds his shooting boots, the new boy will do well to catch Roofe in the scoring charts. You can get 35/1 on the English forward scoring the first in a 2-1 win.
It’s a long shot, but:
Garner to score first in a 2-2 draw at 55/1. The 29-year-old has impressed this season after arriving from Rangers in the summer, and has two goals in his last two games. Back him to continue his fine run before Leeds come back to take a point back to Yorkshire.
Written by Oli Coates
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