Ipswich stand on the brink of relegation when they take on Birmingham City at the Portman Road this weekend. Ipswich may drop down to the third tier of English football for the first time since 1957 if they fail to beat Birmingham. Paul Lambert, who was appointed midway through the campaign, has been ineffective at getting Ipswich away from the bottom. The Tractor Boys have been at the bottom since matchday 14. Birmingham City may have been docked points recently, but the club remain with a five-point advantage over the bottom three. Follow all our predictions, free bets, free bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Ipswich lost 2-0 against Brentford without much of a fight. This was the 22nd defeat of the campaign for Ipswich, who have been able to claim one victory in the league over the last 14 matches.
Birmingham City were able to shake up the top of the table with a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United, who have been challenging for the automatic promotion spot, at the St Andrew’s Stadium. This was a significantly better performance from Birmingham, who are unbeaten in two matches.
The recent fixture between Birmingham and Ipswich was a 2-2 draw at the St Andrew’s Stadium. The Blues managed to salvage this draw after coming back from two goals down. The last game between the two teams at Portman Road produced a 1-0 win for Ipswich. Our betting tips and predictions would go with a victory for Birmingham.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Birmingham City win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham have produced two spectacular performances to get four points off promotion-challenging outfits. The win over Leeds and the draw with Sheffield United have been at home, but they are sure to act as an inspiration on Birmingham’s poor away record. Birmingham have lost three successive away matches but they are up against an Ipswich outfit staring at relegation. The mood around Portman Road will be flat and this could aid in a Birmingham win, according to our preview.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Birmingham City win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Ipswich Town vs Birmingham City draw odds: 3.30
Ipswich Town win odds: 3.75
Correct Score odds
Birmingham have been able to get just four goals in the last six matches. Ipswich do not have a very dissimilar record after managing five goals during the same period. This will be a low scoring encounter with little to separate the two teams, but our correct score prediction would go with a 1-0 win for the visitors.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Birmingham City 1-0 win at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The reverse fixture between Birmingham and Ipswich may have produced four goals in total, but this is the first high-scoring encounter between the two teams since 2017. Both teams have been struggling for goals and it is especially true in the case of Ipswich, whose defensive tactics under Paul Lambert has not paid dividends. Our total goals prediction would opt for under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.61[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Che Adams remains on 22 goals for the campaign after failing to score against Sheffield United. The last goals from the 22-year-old for Birmingham came in hat-trick against QPR at Loftus Road. Lukas Jutkiewicz was the hero for Birmingham in the reverse fixture after coming up with a brace, and his recent form has also been much more stable and consistent compared with Adams. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Lukas Jutkiewicz even if he has not been among the goals recently.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Lukas Jutkiewicz at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
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