Ipswich Town

V

Portman Road

10/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

Sheffield United

V

Portman Road

10/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Ipswich host Sheffield United at Portman Road on Saturday, after the Tractor Boys recorded an excellent late victory away at the Blades’ city rivals Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

Last time: A first half goal from Nathan Thomas settled an FA Cup third round tie between the teams in January, which was the second time United have beaten Ipswich 1-0 this season.

This time: Ipswich are 23/10 for the win, while Sheffield United are 6/4 favourites and the draw is 5/2.

You might remember: Blades stalwart Chris Morgan scoring a last minute equaliser to rescue a point for United at Bramall Lane in 2009. Darius Henderson put the hosts into an early lead before Ipswich went 3-1 up, only for Henderson to strike again before Morgan’s late leveller.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Ipswich Town play Sheffield United at Portman Road in the Sky Bet Championship, with both teams aiming for a play-off place

Ipswich go into this game knowing a win would keep their play-off ambitions very much alive, while Sheffield United are only three points behind sixth-placed Middlesbrough themselves. It’s a second tricky away fixture for the visitors inside a week after their defeat at Craven Cottage.

Ipswich are 23/10 to claim a massive three points, which would solidify their place in the chasing pack for the play-off positions. Mick McCarthy’s football has been criticised by some sections of the Portman Road support at times this season, but a win over a fellow promotion rival would silence those doubters.

Sheffield United are 6/4 to get right back to winning ways, just as they did after their loss against Hull by beating Reading last weekend. This is the Blades’ fourth straight away fixture, and with a couple at home coming up afterwards, this is a great opportunity to stake their claim for a play-off place.

The draw is 5/2, and could be worth a bet considering how close the two teams are in the Championship table, and how close the odds being offered by the bookmakers are. There hasn’t been a draw in the last five meetings between these two though.

After his midweek heroics, Tractor Boys striker Waghorn looks tempting at 15/2 in the first goalscorer market, as he looks to add to his tally of 12 Championship goals this season.

Billy Sharp has the same number of strikes in the campaign, and having certainly lived up to his name for the Blades, he’s the 21/4 favourite to break the deadlock on Saturday.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Lightning to strike thrice. Sheffield United can make it a hat-trick of 1-0 victories against Ipswich this season, and that result is priced at 15/2 in the betting.

2

We fancy:

A win to nil. Five of the last six victories in this fixture have been to nil. The Blues are 21/5 for this bet, while the Red and Whites are 16/5.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

There was nothing stale about the last stalemate between these two teams, which was that pulsating 3-3 draw in 2009. A repeat of that scoreline is priced at 75/1.

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Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!