It has been a strange season for Ipswich Town, who began with a 3-0 win at Bristol City before descending into a slump which lasted four matches and included a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Peterborough United.
Tuesday’s 1-0 win at West Ham suggests that defensive problems are a thing of the past, with the Tractor Boys having stopped Coventry and Middlesbrough scoring in their previous two matches. It seems like a good time to entertain Brighton and bet365 (£200 free bets) offer odds of 11/8 that the Suffolk side land another three points.
The Seagulls would have taken 17 points from their first nine matches at the start of the season, although recent games have seen Gus Poyet’s team hit the buffers as some of that promotion momentum starts to wear off.
Since a 1-0 win at Bristol City, Albion have collected just one point from their subsequent three matches and the last two games have seen the Sussex team concede three goals each time.
Even so, they carry lots of attacking threat and can be backed at 2/1 (William Hill – £30 free betting) to bounce back from the Crystal Palace loss with a win at Portman Road, something that is always possible when Craig Mackail-Smith is in attack.
Like the current weather, the striker is starting to hot up and Coral offer 6/1 that the Scotland international breaks the deadlock in this match, although there will be another sharp shooter on the pitch and Michael Chopra can be backed at 6/1 for the first goal.