Ipswich Town v Norwich City betting tips – goalfest on the cards
The East Anglian derby is back and there should be goals at Portman Road
August 22nd, 2014
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It has been four seasons since Ipswich and Norwich last met, although the Canaries’ relegation last term means that these arch-rivals line up against each other on Saturday lunchtime.
The two matches during the 2010/11 season yielded a bucketload of goals, with Norwich running riot at Portman Road by winning 5-1 after previously winning the home match by a 4-1 scoreline.
While the game is unlikely to be as one-sided in front of the Sky cameras, there’s a case for backing lots more goals, especially as Ipswich have failed to keep a clean sheet so far this season.
“It’s massive,” Norwich manager Neil Adams said, “It will be intense and you will have two teams desperately wanting to win. It will be a great occasion and we go into it on the back of two home wins so I’m really looking forward to it. I played in a good few and watched plenty since and to be down in the technical area is something I can’t wait to experience.
“People outside of East Anglia often don’t understand how big it is. They have the Manchester derby and the Merseyside derby and the Midlands derbies and many others, but the Norwich versus Ipswich rivalry is just as fiercely contested. Both sets of supporters want it as much as anything else. They’re great to play in once you’re out there and you’re involved in it.”
Mick McCarthy’s team are a 19/10 chance with bet365 to claim victory and they will be looking to build on that midweek point at St Andrews where Christophe Berra nabbed a late equalizer.
Norwich are marginal favourites at 17/10 to win this game and City came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 on Tuesday night, with Lewis Grabban scoring a brace.
The forward arrived from Bournemouth in the summer and looks a decent shout on the any time scorer market at odds of 2/1 with Ladbrokes, with Grabban looking sharp in all of his matches to date.
Coral offer an attractive 23/20 about Over 2.5 Goals in this game and that looks the shout, with the Canaries not likely to settle for a point and Ipswich looking to also get on the front foot.