Ipswich Town host Preston at Portman Road hoping to get off to a winning start under Paul Lambert. The former Stoke and Norwich City manager comes to Ipswich with the team at the bottom of the pile with only nine points from the 15 matches. Preston sit just outside the bottom three with a three-point advantage over the relegation zone. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Ipswich Town lost 3-0 against Millwall to further deepen relegation fears and they brought in Lambert – against the wishes of certain fans – as the replacement for Paul Hurst. Lambert helped rivals Norwich City to success during his time with the Canaries.
Preston picked up a 1-1 draw with Rotherham United to leave manager Alex Neil disappointed with the outcome, but it marks a fifth consecutive unbeaten run for Preston, who remain outside the bottom three.
The recent game between Ipswich and Preston produced a 1-0 win for the former at the Deepdale Stadium. The meeting at Portman Road provided a 3-0 victory for the Tractor Boys. Our betting tips and predictions expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Preston are given a price of 2.30 to win the match. However, it is difficult to back Alex Neil’s men when it comes to an away match – even if it is against the league’s bottom team. Preston have failed to win any away match this season and this drought extends back to April. Ipswich may have struggled quite badly this season but the departure of Paul Hurst may liberate the team. Paul Lambert will be his own man but he is likely to help Ipswich do some of the aspects that worked for the club last season under Mick McCarthy. Lambert may get an indifferent reception, but he may help get a draw, according to our preview.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Ipswich Town win odds: 3.10
Preston North End win odds: 2.30
Correct Score odds
There has been a dearth of goals from Ipswich, who happened to be the league’s lowest scorers with just 11 goals from the 15 matches. However, this is a game between two teams that have conceded over 25 goals so far this season to place them as two of the top three teams with a poor defensive record. Lambert is expected to shore up the defence, but our correct score prediction would still go with a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Preston have been solid in recent matches, but they have largely witnessed high scoring games when it comes to away matches. Ipswich players will be keen to impress the new manager and this may result in a tight match with under 2.5 goals, as per our total goals prediction.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Callum Robinson has been in fine form for Preston but his recent goals have largely come at home. In terms of scoring away from home, Robinson has been disappointing. Sean Maguire has made a return to first-team action and has been slowly receiving game time. Our first goalscorer prediction would back the 24-year-old to score his first goal of the campaign.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Sean Maguire at 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
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