Both sides come into this following a few poor results and it’s a good opportunity for one of these teams to get back on track. Both managers will have top six hopes although Leeds’ aspirations are looking considerably more realistic at this stage.
Certainly this is a game that Ipswich can’t really afford to lose in terms of maintaining a genuine play-off push. They are currently in 12th and 7 points off Leeds in the final play-off position and they aren’t playing well enough to suggest they could come close to making up what would be a 10 point deficit if all the points head back to Yorkshire. The Tractor Boys had a dreadful run over Christmas and come into this game following 4 defeats and a draw from their last five matches in all competitions.
Leeds reeled off four straight wins in December to push themselves right back up the table after their slump in form but they too have suffered a few major setbacks since then. A draw and a defeat from distinctly winnable league games against Birmingham and Forest were followed up by a shock FA Cup exit at Newport. To make matters worse, midfielder Samu Saiz was banned for six games for spitting following that game and Leeds will miss the Spaniard’s influence in the middle of the park.
All things considered, we should still see an open game here and goals look likely. Ipswich have been scoring plenty at home and average 1.77 goals per game in front of their own fans. Martyn Waghorn has had a fine season in front of goal but another former Rangers man has been their star performer of late. Joe Garner has netted all of Ipswich’s last 3 Championship goals and has 8 for the season now in the league which suggests backing Garner to score anytime could be worth a punt here.
With an impressive 54% away win percentage, Leeds will come targeting three points though and it’s the sort of game that could go either way. They’ve scored an impressive 1.54 goals per game away, more than they’ve managed at home and they also have a few players in good touch in front of goal with the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe scoring a fair few in recent weeks.
Given that, there’s reason to think we’ll see goals at each end here and backing Both Teams to Score is worth considering.