Nigel Adkins’ team are now five points clear of third-placed Reading and have 12 games left to cling on to a place in the automatic promotion places, somewhere they have been situated since beating Leeds at St Mary’s when the season began.
It is their home form which has ensured the Saints have stayed ahead of the chasing pack with 13 wins from 17 matches and they don’t look a bad bet at 4/6 (Bet Victor free bets) to claim a 14th victory in front of their own supporters considering they beat Derby County 4-0 in their last home game.
Rickie Lambert has been getting back among the goals after a relatively lean spell and the scouser is a 9/2 chance (bet365 bookmaker) to break the deadlock just as he did at Elland Road at the weekend.
Lambert was also the first goalscorer at Portman Road back in August as Southampton declared their intentions with a 5-2 win against the Tractor Boys and it has been a bumpy ride for Ipswich all season, having endured some miserable losing runs.
However, Town are currently having something of a purple patch considering they have five wins from six encounters and they have claimed recent victories at Coventry and Portsmouth.
Paul Jewell’s side also managed to win at Upton Park earlier this season and this unpredictable team are capable of claiming a surprise win on the south coast, something that is priced up at 9/2 (Blue Square).