Ipswich Town v Leeds United Betting Tips & Odds – 13/01/18

Ipswich Town v Leeds United Betting Tips & Odds – 13/01/18

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Ipswich Town v Leeds United Betting Tips & Odds

In our Ipswich Town v Leeds United betting preview we look at what could possibly be the best bets between the two sides.

Overview

Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds United hope to strengthen their place in the play-offs on Saturday afternoon, as they take on Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town at Portman Road. Ipswich Town continue to suffer from the sort of bouts of defeats that could see them full of regret by the time they reach the later stages of the season, as it’s likely to be what costs them a place in the play-offs. They’re far from down and out in the way of points but don’t look capable of challenging in this massively competitive campaign. Leeds United have suffered in similar style to the side they face here but are clearly ambitious enough to see themselves in the top few places of the table when it matters. These sides had their first meeting of the season towards the end of September, where it was five goal thriller but Leeds United stood first to snatch a win at Elland Road.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski put the ball into his own net to gift Leeds three points

The Tractorboys look lacklustre, winning just one of their last seven

Currently stuck in the worst form they’ve seen all season, Ipswich Town have failed to win in their last five, dating their last win back to the start of December. They’ve been far from enjoying the campaign but take their main positives from the fact that they’re better than in the previous attempt, where relegation was distinctly more likely than a finish in the play-offs. Mick McCarthy remained in charge despite playing so poorly for all too much of last season, and the eleven wins and three draws have presented a lot of promise, with it all only being ruined by the disappointing twelve defeats. The start of the season presented an organised Ipswich side who won their first five competitive fixtures, including an impressive Carabao Cup victory over Luton Town, but it’s all gone downhill since.

Failing to beat Premier League Crystal Palace in the next round of the Carabao Cup was no shock but winning just three of their next ten games had The Tractorboys far below expectations once again. Mick McCarthy presented a stronger showing in achieving five wins and two draws from the next eight games played but that all-important lack of consistency has reared its ugly head since their last win in December, prompting four games without a win for Ipswich Town. Playing at Portman Road used to be the perfect place to capitalise but failing to win their last three on home soil shows just how much the confidence has faded away for McCarthy’s men. Right back Jordan Spence is set to miss this meeting through injury and they’ll need to rally together to improve on their situation, as Ipswich currently sit seven points from the play-offs.

Ipswich Town aren’t doing too well, stuck at the dead centre of the table

Leeds looked back on track before failing to win in their last three

Following on from last season’s trials and tribulations, Leeds United have had their eyes focused on the ever-desirable concept of promotion. They were previously such a massive club in the Premier League and continue to see themselves as earning the right to one day return, but the chances of that have been made harder by their own inability to capitalise once again. Thomas Christiansen took over from Garry Monk in the summer after falling narrowly short of the play-offs, and his philosophy to bring in rising stars from abroad has been both clever and cost effective, Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski, Pawel Cibicki and Pierre-Michel Lasogga all signing in the summer and instantly working as some of the club’s most crucial figures, with it being hard to imagine how much worse off Leeds would currently be without them.

Consistency hasn’t been too much of an issue for Leeds United but when they do finally fall to a defeat, it tends to get them stuck in a bout of further losses. They started the season in fine form, unbeaten in seven with a fantastic five wins and two draws. It was at that point where Thomas Christiansen’s men hit a wall where they won just three of the next eleven, picking up nine points but missing out on a devastating tally of twenty-four that they could have achieved if they’d been able to bounce back. Playing away at Barnsley put them back on track with a six game unbeaten run but losing to lowly Birmingham City has ruined their fortunes once more, leading to a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest and a shocking FA Cup defeat away to Newport County. Missing players could be their downfall here, as Samuel Saiz and Pierre-Michel Lasogga are set to lose out.

Samuel Saiz Leeds United

Samuel Saiz looks set to miss several upcoming fixtures through his red card at Notts County

Odds

If you could see Ipswich Town taking a massive three points on home soil, they’re priced up at odds of 21/10 on Betway. If you expect to see a hotly contested draw at Portman Road, that outcome is given odds of 9/4 on SkyBet. If you’d rather get behind Leeds United to win, they’re sat as favourites with odds of 31/20 on BetVictor.

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