Stadium of Light

03/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Ipswich Town


Stadium of Light

03/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Is there anything less appealing than a Mick McCarthy derby? Find out on Saturday!

Last time: Sunderland won 1-0 way back in 2007. Ipswich won 5-2 when the sides met at Portman Road in September.

This time: Sunderland are 17/12 to win with Ipswich at 12/5 and the draw also 12/5.

You might remember: Both of these sides gracing the Premier League. In 2001, Sunderland won 4-1 at home and lost 5-1 away. There’s unlikely to be as many goals this time.

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25 points from 29 games means the gloom has remained at the Stadium of Light after last year’s relegation

Despite being second bottom in the Championship table, Sunderland have been in better form than Ipswich recently, which makes this a tough match to call. Chances are it won’t be a match for the purists, though.

Sunderland are 17/12 to win, and whilst they have only won at home twice in the league this season, both have been in their last four matches. Four of their five wins in 2017/18 have come since Chris Coleman was appointed in November, so he appears to have them moving in the right direction.

Ipswich are priced at 12/5 to take the three points, but their recent form does not suggest it is a likely outcome. Hull City are the only Championship side on a longer run without an away win at the moment, and the Tractor Boys have won just one of their last seven leagues games.

The draw is available at 12/5, but is tough to predict. Few teams in the division have drawn more matches than Sunderland, but few have drawn less games than Ipswich. They only have one draw between them in their last six games each, so are perhaps due one.

Aiden McGeady is 19/2 to open the scoring, or 9/2 to get on the score sheet at some point. As Lewis Grabban has returned to Bournemouth, McGeady is now Sunderland’s top scorer for the season, so might be their most likely to net here.

Joe Garner is 27/11 to score at any time. Although Martyn Waghorn is Town’s top league scorer, Garner is the man in form with four goals in his last eight Championship appearances. Garner can be backed at 6/1 to bag the first goal of the game.

Match Summary


Look out for:

A high card count. Both of these sides are in the Championship’s five worst teams for cards this season, and they have both received a red card within their last six matches.


We fancy:

Both teams to score, at 19/20. This has happened 17 times in a Sunderland match this season, and only three teams have seen it occur more times. Ipswich are only one shy of seeing it the joint-most times on the road in 2017-18 too.


It’s a long shot, but:

Jordan Spence to score first, at 40/1. He is the top scoring defender on either side, and Ipswich are the joint-top scorers of set piece goals in the Championship in 2017/18.

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.