Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers Betting Preview – 14/01/17

Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers Betting Preview – 14/01/17

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Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers Betting Preview – 14/01/17

In our Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Owen Coyle will once again be hoping to squeeze out of the relegation zone on Saturday, as his Blackburn Rovers side take on Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Ipswich Town are fifteenth, playing far below their expectations this season after originally being predicted to push for the play-offs. Blackburn Rovers have an awful first six months, spending most of it stuck in the depths of the relegation zone, still in need of two points to finally make their way out of it.

It’s definitely not been the season Mick McCarthy had hoped for, as their first game gave a lot of promise, defeating Barnsley 4-2 before they failed to win in their next three fixtures. They’ve failed to find consistency which has surely been their main flaw, taking eight wins and seven draws from twenty-five league games. Despite the poor run of games, the club’s board have backed Mick McCarthy to turnaround their fortunes, but their last seven Championship games have seen just two wins and a draw, making the future of the experienced manager harder to predict, as it’s not completely against the script to relieve a manager of his duties, regardless of their CV. It also hasn’t helped that they lost striker Daryl Murphy in the summer transfer window, who had been a consistent performer for the side during his three year stint, but departed to play for Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.

The Tractorboys hosted National League side Lincoln City in the FA Cup last weekend, where they struggled far more than they should have against them, especially considering they stand three divisions higher than them. Lincoln City went ahead first when Theo Robinson made it to the end of a pass into the area, smashing the ball past Dean Gerken. Mick McCarthy’s side got themselves right back in it five minutes later, Leicester City loanee Tom Lawrence making an ambitious run and finishing through the legs of Lincoln’s ‘keeper. The non-league side weren’t going to give up there though, Robinson cooly finishing into Ipswich’s goal when an opposition player gave him the ball after an attempt to play it safely to the ‘keeper. The Tractorboys managed to take a draw in the dying minutes, Tom Lawrence also scoring his second, finding space to smash it in from distance.

After Owen Coyle took three years out from English football, he returned as Blackburn Rovers manager in the summer, but it hasn’t been as enjoyable a ride at the former league winners, sat twenty-second with it looking increasingly more likely that they will fall to the depths of League One. There have been some moments where they’ve defeated the likes of Newcastle United, Brentford and Nottingham Forest, but they always follow big results with poor ones, making it hard to see that they are capable of breaking free from the dropzone. Strikers Danny Graham and Sam Gallagher have been a welcomed saving grace, both scoring nine league goals to at least stop the side from slipping to the very bottom place in the table, but still not finding enough firepower to get them to the crucial top twenty-one places.

Their most recent game had them up against Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the FA Cup. It started with some luck benefitting Rovers, as Sam Gallagher’s header was saved but still made it into the R’s net through a Joel Lynch own-goal. Owen Coyle’s side were lucky once again in doubling their lead, a curling shot from Sam Gallagher once again finding itself saved before Liam Feeney finished into an open net. Not long after their second, a foul on Yeni Ngbakoto from Gordon Green gave QPR a penalty, which Jake Bidwell forcefully converted. It looked like there would be a fight-back to steal a draw but Rovers held their own and preserved their victory, defeating their opposition 2-1 in a tense remaining half an hour of play.

Recommended Bets:

Ipswich to win (Best priced at 23/20 on SkyBet) – BET HERE

A goal in both halves (Best priced at 11/10 on Coral) – BET HERE

Tom Lawrence to score anytime (Best priced at 3/1 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE

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