PORTMAN ROAD should be rocking on Thursday for the East Anglian derby between Ipswich and automatic promotion contenders Norwich.

The ground is expected to be packed to the rafters with most of the 29,000 fans hoping Ipswich can rescue their play-off hopes – they lie six points behind sixth-placed Leeds.

However, the majority could be going home disappointed as Paul Lambert's visitors take a chance to leapfrog Cardiff into second place.

Roy Keane was in charge earlier in the season when Norwich scored a thumping 4-1 win at Carrow Road. Paul Jewell has improved the side since he replaced Keane and this promises to be a much tighter affair.

Canaries skipper and top scorer Grant Holt bagged a hat-trick in the 4-1 win but isn't guaranteed to be fit for the derby return. If he doesn't make it he is likely to be replaced by on-loan Wolves forward Sam Vokes.

Holt is 5-1 with Betfred and Blue Square to score first while Chris Martin is 15-2 at bet365 and Blue Square. Shortest Ipswich player is Jason Scotland at 13-2 with bet365.

The fixture has produced 28 goals in the last eight meetings and over 2.5 goals pays 10-11 with Hills and Betfred. Both teams have scored in seven of the last eight and that trend to continue is 8-11 with Stan James.

Norwich are a best 15-8 with boylesports and Chandler with Ipswich 8-5 at totesport and Chandler. The draw is 12-5 with Chandler.

Recommendations

Both teams to score

(8-11, Stan James)

Over 2.5 goals

(10-11, Betfred, Hills)

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