These sides go into the weekend level on points and only five goals apart on goal difference. As they are both 16 points above the relegation zone but eight shy of the play-offs, local pride is clearly the main thing at stake on Sunday lunchtime
Norwich are 4/5 to win, and have won four and drawn two of their last six home meetings with their fierce rivals. However, their home form hasn’t been great this season, with just five wins from 15 Championship matches at Carrow Road. They have won three of their last five there, so are at least enjoying their best spell of 2017/18.
Ipswich are priced at 9/2 to head back to Suffolk with all three points. They won their previous away match, at Sunderland, but lost three and drew one of the four games prior to that. Town haven’t beaten Norwich since 2009; that run has to end eventually, right?
The draw can be backed at 25/9, and as there has been very little to separate these teams in the Championship this season, it’s definitely worth considering. Three of the last five meetings have been 1-1 draws.
Nelson Oliveira is the 15/4 favourite to open the scoring, or 6/4 to get a goal at some point during the match. The Portuguese forward is Norwich’s top scorer at home this season, with five goals. He hasn’t scored in 2018, but is perhaps due a goal.
Joe Garner is 3/1 to add his name to the score sheet, or 17/2 to break the deadlock. He has five goals on the road in the league in 2017/18, making him Ipswich’s top away scorer. The former Rangers striker has scored in his last three away matches, so is a man in form.
Predicted Score: Norwich City 1 - 1 Ipswich Town
Look out for:
The card count. There have been just 15 yellow cards (and one red) shown in the last six meetings between these teams. That said, they have both received 60 bookings this season, which is the joint-third most in the Championship.
Under 2.5 goals, at 25/20. This has been the outcome in five of the last six meetings, and only Birmingham City have played in fewer matches with at least three goals than Norwich have this season.
It’s a long shot, but:
Jordan Spence to score and Ipswich to win, at 33/1. Spence is the top scoring defender on either side, and with the game likely to be low on goals, perhaps a set piece might prove the difference between the teams.
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.