Preston North End

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Deepdale

24/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Ipswich Town

V

Deepdale

24/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Play-off chasing Preston welcome mid-table Ipswich to Deepdale for this Championship fixture.

Last time: Ipswich ran out 3-0 winners at Portman Road back in November. Martyn Waghorn, David McGoldrick and Bersant Celina provided the goals for the home side.

This time: Preston are favorites at 7/10 while Ipswich are 4/1 and the draw is 13/5.

You might remember: A hat-trick for current Ipswich striker Joe Garner while playing for Preston as they won an exciting FA Cup 3rd round replay 3-2 back in January 2014. All five goals came in the second half, Garner scored an 88th minute winner against the club he would go on to sign for a few years later.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Preston have only one win in their last five home games

Preston are now undefeated in seven Championship games and picked up credible draws against Aston Villa and leaders Wolves in the last week. They’re also currently sitting two points and three places off the last play-off position occupied by Bristol City. Manager Alex Neil will be aware they need to turn draws into wins, starting with this game against Ipswich.

The home side are favorites for the points here at 7/10. A slight concern for Preston is that they have been more impressive on the road this season than at Deepdale, The Lilywhites have drawn seven of their 16 home games so far and they will need to improve their home form as the business end of the season approaches.

Ipswich had gone three games without defeat before Wednesday night’s home loss against Cardiff. Mick McCarthy’s side have now slipped to 14th in the table and are seeing their slim play-off hopes drift further away. There are now nine points and eight places separating them from the final play-off position, wins are needed if they are to rescue their campaign.

The visitors are 4/1 for the win. With two draws and a win from their last three away days, The Tractor boys will be seeking to continue that form on Saturday against a Preston side that have had their struggles on home soil.

The draw is worth a look at 13/5. With Preston’s home form over the season and Ipswich looking to bounce back from a mid-week defeat there is a good chance of seeing this end all square.

January recruit Louis Moult is favorite to open the scoring for Preston at 5/1, Moult will be desperate to get off the mark for his new club. Current top scorer Tom Barkhuizen will be looking to add to his seven goals for the season, he is 11/2 for the first goal.

For The Tractor Boys, it is joint top scorer and former Preston man Joe Garner that is favourite to find the net first, he is priced at 8/1. Matching Garner’s 10 goals for the season is Martyn Waghorn and the Ipswich attacker is 10/1 to bag the opening goal.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

With three goals in his last five games Tom Barkhuizen is in good form. He is 11/2 to score first, 2/1 to score anytime and its 5/2 for a Barkhuizen goal and Preston win double.

2

We fancy:

Preston to win over 1.5 goals and over 4.5 cards at 9/2. Preston have two red cards in their last three games and have received the most yellow cards in the division.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Joe Garner to come back and haunt one of his former clubs, he is 22/1 to score two or more goals.

Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.