Expect goals galore as Ipswich and Norwich renew rivalry
In eight of the last nine East Anglia derbies, both teams have scored. Odds of 10/11 with Coral for both Ipswich Town and Norwich City to be on target in the latest chapter of the Norfolk-Suffolk rivalry are well-worth considering.
The last three meetings have all contained five goals or more, so odds of the total being over 4.5 are much more attractive at 8/1. Norwich are narrow 8/5 favourites, ahead of the Tractor Boys at 17/10, while a rare draw is 9/4.
Novice Canaries coach Neil Adams seems to have finally found his feet, steering his side to successive wins, hitting three against both Watford and Blackburn. They are 6/1 shots to score over 2.5 goals at Portman Road and, with Lewis Grabban in hot form, there’s a real chance of Norwich netting that many.
On their last visit to Portman Road, the Canaries ran out 5-1 winners. A repeat scoreline is a 100/1 chance. Grabban, meanwhile, is 13/8 to endear himself to all of Norfolk by netting anytime. Defender Russell Martin and midfielders Andrew Surman and Wes Hoolahan are the only Norwich players left that have scored in this fixture previously.
Scotland international Martin is 7/1 to grab a goal anytime here, while Surman is 14/1 to net the opener at this ground again. The Republic of Ireland’s Hoolahan is a 10/1 chance to score last, as he did in a 4-1 Carrow Road win in November 2010.
Bradley Johnson, meanwhile, has netted in back-to-back matches and is relishing a box-to-box role. He is 9/2 to score for the third game running. Cameron Jerome and Carlos Cuellar, signed by Adams this week, could both make their Canaries debuts, with the former 2/1 to cap his bow with a goal.
For Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich, Christophe Berra bagged a brace up from centre back in their last outing, but is a 10/1 chance to score again here. Republic of Ireland target man Conor Sammon (15/8 in the anytime market) has come in on loan from Derby County, but Town may be better off sticking with tried and tested strike partnership Daryl Murphy (13/8) and David McGoldrick (6/4).
This one has the potential to be a season-defining encounter for both teams, despite coming so close to the start of the campaign. The Tractor Boys have watched enviously as Norwich enjoyed Premier League football in two stints since they last graced the top-flight, but both can use this derby as a springboard for promotion pushes. Back goals galore in this fixture, which is always an open affair.