Preston v Ipswich Betting Tips: Out-of-form Tractor Boys to struggle once again
Sports betting writer Bradley Gibbs takes a look at Saturday’s Championship clash between Preston and Ipswich.
Preston play host to an out-of-sorts Ipswich side at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon – a match that presents the hosts with an excellent opportunity to gain back-to-back wins in front of a home crowd.
Having faced some tough games of late, Preston have acquitted themselves well and aren’t likely to be too disappointed with their league standing. Considering they’re in good shape right now, the home side will surely be confident of putting together a decent run which could see them join the play-off-chasing pack. After all, they’re only five points off 6th place Sheffield Wednesday.
As for the visitors, any play-off hopes Ipswich may have had have swiftly vanished (along with their form) in recent weeks. Mick McCarthy’s men have won just once in their last five and were well beaten away from home at Huddersfield last weekend.
From a betting point of view, the hosts are definitely the team to side with here. At odds of 6/4 and 6/5 respectively, ‘Preston to Win & Over 1.5 Goals’ and ‘Preston to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ are two bets that really stand out.
Simon Grayson’s side are one of those who seem to be going under the radar slightly in the Championship. They’re not exactly blowing teams out of the water each week, but, with just two defeats in their last ten league matches, they’re seemingly hard to beat and are a team who carry a more than respectable attacking threat.
Preston’s home form, without being amazing, is solid, while their goal-scoring efforts at Deepdale certainly haven’t been lacklustre. Having scored 20 goals, they’ve found the net at least twice on five occasions, including in five of their six home wins. Grayson’s men have also been proving their forward-worth in recent matches having scored twice in both of their last two league outings. On top of this, you’d have to go back to November in the fixture list to see the last time The Lilywhites failed to score.
Considering they’re facing an Ipswich side who’ve been poor on the road, both in terms of goals scored and goals conceded, it’s certainly easy to see Preston enjoying themselves on Saturday afternoon.
Mick McCarthy’s teams are often known for their defensive solidity and resilience; however, it seems as though this isn’t the case with Ipswich at the moment. The Tractor Boys haven’t kept a clean sheet since late November (a run of 11 matches) and have won just one of their last six on the road, losing the other five. Having scored just nine goals on their travels this season, Ipswich are the only team in the Championship who’re yet to reach double figures away from home and, in truth, this sums up their performances right now – weak at back, nothing going forward.
October was the last time Ipswich kept a clean sheet away from home and they’ve now picked the ball out of their own net 19 times overall when playing on the road, letting in at least two goals on seven occasions, including in four of their last five.
Quite frankly, Ipswich look like a team on the slide and Preston are fancied to take advantage. After performing well against two tough opponents in their last two matches, Grayson’s men can continue to go well by securing a pleasing victory over struggling opposition.
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