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Ipswich Town vs Southampton: Betting Tips, Match Prediction & Preview

The Championship seasons has been a tremendous watch this season for the neutrals and on Monday two of the contending four teams for those two automatic places go head-to-head at Portman Road. As the game takes place on April Fools Day, Russell Martin would be hoping to have the last laugh to avenge his side’s defeat earlier on this season.

  • Ipswich to Win @ +140 With FanDuel
  • Both Teams to Score @ -166 With FanDuel
  • Over 2.5 goals @ -130 With FanDuel

These odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

  • Kick-off: 17:30pm
  • Location: Portman Road
  • Date: 1/04/2024

Recently relegated Southampton travel to face an Ipswich Town side who have certainly captured the main story within the Championship. The Tractor Boys have been unbelievable since their promotion from League One last season and they look set to repeat the feat of promotion and potentially the title as we enter the final phases of the season.

After 38 games there are four teams who could viably win the league. Ipswich Town are one of those teams and are currently in third place. The hosts are only a point behind league leaders Leeds United and a point behind Leicester City. The aforementioned latter team does have a game in hand over both Leeds United and Ipswich Town. Ipswich Town have an inferior goal difference to both of those sides.

Since his arrival, Kieran McKenna has led Ipswich Town on a revolution. Their brand of football swept through League One with ease and has since captured the attention of Championship clubs also. If McKenna leads his side to promotion, the former Manchester United coach will secure the tractor boys return to the Premier League – the first time since 2002.

Ipswich Town currently have 81 points from 38 games having won 24, drawn nine and losing on no more than five occasions. The vital statistic for Kieran McKenna is their consistency in front of goal. The hosts have scored 80 goals in the league this season which provides an average of 2.1 goals per game. Defensively however, they’ve conceded the second most within the top six with 49. Only local rivals Norwich City have conceded more with 54.

Southampton will be looking to avenge their loss over Ipswich Town earlier this season. The Saints – who were the hosts in the previous fixture – succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against their opponents at St. Mary’s. Russell Martin’s side are famed for their possession and despite having a larger share of the ball with 59%, Omari Hutchinson ensured all three points for Ipswich Town.

The visitors were touted as one of the promotion candidates from many experts and pundits at the start of the season and are still within contention despite what the table suggests. The Saints are willing to establish an immediate return to the Premier League and are currently in fourth place. They do remain nine points behind Leicester City, with a game in hand over the Foxes. A revenge victory over Ipswich Town would move Southampton five points behind their hosts with two games in hand. A defeat would reduce Southampton’s chances of automatic promotion.

After 36 games played, Southampton have 73 points and are the third highest scorers in the league behind Ipswich Town and Leicester City. Having scored 73 goals in the league, that gives them a healthy average of 2.1 goals. On the defensive front, they have the third worst defence in the top six with 47 goals conceded.

Ipswich to Win

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Ipswich to Win @ +140
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Both Teams to Score

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Yes @ -166
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Over 2.5 goals @ -130 With FanDuel

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Team News

Ipswich Town Team News

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna will be without the likes of George Hirst who remains unavailable due to a long-term injury. There are suspension concerns involving Leif Davis, Lewis Travis and Jeremy Sarimento.

Southampton Team News

Southampton have long term injury concerns to the likes of Juan Larios, Kamaldeen Sulemana and Ross Stewart. Russell Martin has four suspension concerns to deal with the likes of Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Fraser in particular running the risk of further punishment.

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Form Guide

The home side enter this game in a rich vein of form having won four from their last five league games. Their only defeat came in an epic encounter away at Cardiff City. The tractor boys were on course for a victory until two late injury time goals from Ryan Wintle and Callum O’Dowda stole the victory at the death.

Kieran McKenna’s men bounced back in their last game against Sheffield Wednesday in an emphatic fashion. A 6-0 win over the Owls steered the hosts back on track. Omari Hutchinson and Ali Al-Hamadi both got a brace accompanied by goals from Cameron Burgess and Nathan Broadhead.

Ipswich Town hold a very impressive home record heading into this game. Since their late August defeat to Leeds United, they have remained unbeaten since then in the league. At Portman Road their record stands at 14 wins – four draws and that single defeat against the league leaders.

The hosts have scored 13 goals in their last five games – providing an average of 3.3 goals scored in those five. Conor Chaplin and Nathan Broadhead head up the goal tally for Ipswich Town.

Both Chaplin and Broadhead have 12 goals in the league this season and will undoubtedly pose danger to Southampton on Monday.

Southampton come into this game on the back of three wins from their last five games in the league. However, two significant defeats against Millwall and Hull City has left them chasing the front three.

History favours the home side in this fixture. The two sides have met on 69 occasions with the Tractor Boys coming out victorious on 26 of those. Drawing 20 and losing 23. The last time these two met in the top flight, it was Southampton who were the winners in a 3-1 scoreline.

Adam Armstrong has been the star man for the Saints this season. Currently on 18 goals, Armstrong is joint second the race for the golden boot tied with Morgan Whittaker. Both are three behind Blackburn Rovers midfielder Sammie Smodzics.

FlashPicks Prediction

We predict that Ipswich Town will keep up their red-hot form and pile-on pressure on both Leeds United and Leicester City. Ipswich Town 3-1 Southampton

Header logoChampionship

PosClubPWDLGDPTS
1
Team logoIpswich
4326116+3289
2
Team logoLeicester
4228410+4188
3
Team logoLeeds
432698+4287
Last updated 15/04/2024

Header logoChampionship

PosClubPWDLGDPTS
3
Team logoLeeds
432698+4287
4
Team logoSouthampton
412498+2781
5
Team logoWest Bromwich
43201211+2472
Last updated 15/04/2024

Where to watch Ipswich Town vs Southampton

Ipswich Town vs Southampton will be available to watch on the Peacock Network (An NBC live-streaming Platform)

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