The Tractor Boys welcome Coventry City to Portman Road this weekend, with the hosts looking to overtake Leicester City in first place. The most recent meeting between the two sides in this exact fixture ended in a 1-0 win for the visitors.
Kieran McKenna’s team have been excellent since earning promotion from League One, and after 18 matches, they’ve won 13. This puts Ipswich in second place, seven points ahead of third. Goals have been a common feature for the side, and they are the top scorers in the Championship, netting 2.17 per game. They’re also solid at the back, conceding just 1.33 per match on average.
Ipswich have netted in all but one game this season, with the latest coming against Millwall this week. The Tractor Boys won the tie 3-1 after finalising the game before the break.
After going on a run of four straight defeats, Mark Robins has reinforced the basics into his side, opting for a more defensively solid approach. The Sky Blues sit in 15th after 18 matches, accumulating just 22 points. Their biggest issue has been in attack, netting just 1.28 goals per game, but they are a difficult side to breach, keeping a clean sheet in each of their last three.
The most recent of those was a 1-0 home win over Plymouth. It was an end-to-end game that neither side dominated. Haji Wright scored his fifth of the campaign in the second half to collect all three points.
Ipswich have failed to keep a clean sheet in all of their last seven matches, with the side relying on their attack to produce results, whereas Coventry are the opposite. Ipswich are expected to win, but the tie will be closer than anticipated.
The final prediction is Ipswich 2-1 Coventry.