Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Doncaster Rovers have all parted company with their managers this season after a string of poor results, although Ipswich Town have currently kept faith with Paul Jewell, someone who was installed nearly a year ago.
The former Wigan manager appeared to be steering the club in the right direction towards the back end of last season, although the Tractor Boys are having a miserable time of things at the moment, having lost their last seven matches which leaves them hovering above the relegation zone.
Perhaps this is Jewell’s final match in charge of Town, especially as the board expressly hired him to challenge for promotion to the Premier League, although the bookmakers take a dim view of Ipswich’s chances on Saturday night where you can get odds of 3/1 (Victor Chandler – £25 free bets) about an away win.
Barnsley will certainly consider this to be a good time to face their East Anglian opponents, with Keith Hill’s side having enjoyed a run of four straight wins which includes victories against Leeds and Crystal Palace. It means that the Tykes have reached the lofty heights of ninth place and they will be popular at even money (bet365 – £200 free betting) to claim a maximum haul from this game.
Ricardo Vaz Te spent a long time at Bolton without ever breaking into the first team although the Portuguese forward is enjoying a new lease of life at Oakwell and he’s bagged four goals in his past three games. Odds of 17/2 that he opens the scoring against a hapless Ipswich defence could be a bet worth having.