Ipswich Town vs Blackburn RoversEngland Championship, KO: 15:00 Sep 23, 2023, Portman Road
Ipswich Town host Blackburn Rovers in a Championship fixture on Saturday with both teams experiencing contrasting fortunes at the start of the season. Ipswich have impressed so far and will be confident of getting the better of Blackburn, who have found things difficult.
Ipswich Town have been one of the surprise teams in the Championship this season as they are holding their own in the Championship. The newly promoted side are just one point off the pace having claimed six wins from seven matches so far.
The Tractor Boys had into Saturday’s clash off the back of a 1-0 victory at Southampton in their previous Championship fixture. Omari Hutchinson’s effort midway through the second half proved the difference as the visitors missed several chances, with Conor Chaplin also striking the woodwork.
Ipswich Town’s only defeat this season has come at Portland Road, although they have still won three of their last four home matches so far. Kieran McKenna's men are also prone to defensive lapses at home having conceded seven goals in their last two fixtures in front of their fans.
While Ipswich Town are flying high this season, it has been contrasting fortunes for Blackburn Rovers so far. They are currently in the bottom half of the Championship standings having claimed just three wins in seven matches.
Blackburn Rovers suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland in a midweek Championship fixture. Harry Leonard struck what turned out to be a mere consolation in the first half as Rovers struggled to find their defensive discipline.
That was the third defeat in five matches for Blackburn Rovers, who have been more erratic than outrightly poor this season. The major problem for Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side is an inability to keep things tight at the back as they have kept just one clean sheet in the Championship this season while also conceding seven goals in the last three matches.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Ipswich Town as overwhelming favourites with a home win priced at 3/4 by William Hill. A victory for Blackburn Rovers is valued at 4/1 with bet365 while a draw is set at odds of 3/1 by Paddy Power.
Head to head
Blackburn Rovers have a 10-7 advantage with 11 draws from 28 matches against Ipswich Town. Rovers also claimed a 2-0 victory the last time both teams met in a Championship fixture back in 2019.
Players to watch
Conor Chaplin has impressed for Ipswich Town this season having found the net three times already so far. The forward could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime on Saturday at 17/10 with William Hill.
Sammie Szmodics carries a major goal threat for Blackburn Rovers and has found the net four times this season. The midfielder is priced at odds of 5/1 by BoyleSports to get on the score sheet on Saturday.
Anything else catch the eye?
With Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers struggling defensively at the moment, both teams could be backed to score at 8/13 by bet365. Rovers saw over 3.5 goals in their previous fixture and could be set for a repeat at 15/8 by Paddy Power, who is also offering 8/11 for over 2.5 goals.
Ipswich Town have multiple goal threats and can be backed to score in both halves at 6/4 with Unibet.
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