Southampton have swiftly become the third favourites to win the Championship following successive wins against Leeds and Barnsley, although their promotion credentials will be tested at Portman Road on Tuesday.
Ipswich were beaten at home by Hull on Saturday and it is difficult to see Paul Jewell’s team losing consecutive matches in front of their own supporters, having got off to a flyer by winning their opener 3-0 at Bristol City.
The Tractor Boys are 8/5 (Victor Chandler – £25 free bet) to win this midweek fixture, with the home team also looking to banish the memory of a surprise reverse against Northampton in the Carling Cup last week.
Michael Chopra will continue to lead the line in this game and the former Cardiff man is 11/2 (Betfred – £50 free betting) to break the deadlock against a Saints team that kept a clean sheet at Barnsley and will arrive with plenty of confidence.
Nigel Adkins continues to prove that he is a class manager, with the former Scunthorpe physio having changed fortunes dramatically at St Mary’s and the Hampshire side are still clearly enjoying the momentum of being promoted in May.
The visitors are 11/5 with Coral to win this match and continue their 100% start to the season, with the draw priced at 23/10. Both teams will be looking to keep things tight and Under 2.5 Goals is on offer at even money with Paddy Power, with the game potentially being decided by a moment of class or a mistake.