Stoke City have the opportunity to close down on the playoff positions when they entertain struggling Ipswich Town in the Championship this weekend. Stoke have remained unbeaten since late October but their tendency to draw matches sees them seven points adrift of the playoff zone. Ipswich, though, have stayed put in the drop zone for the past 16 matchdays and they are in danger of being left apart as they are already seven points adrift of safety. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Stoke went unbeaten for the seventh game on the bounce after they settled for a 2-2 draw against Reading on the road. Stoke appeared on course for a 2-1 triumph before Modou Barrow netted a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser for Reading.
Ipswich suffered their third defeat on the trot after losing 2-0 at the hands of Nottingham Forest. The visitors have failed to win a single game for the past two months and they have picked up just two points in this period.
Stoke previously contested Ipswich Town at the Bet365 Stadium ten years ago where they picked up a 1-0 triumph. Liam Lawrence netted the winner in the 42nd minute back then. Our betting tips and predictions expect a Stoke win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Stoke City win at 1.45[/bet_tip_now]
Ipswich are priced at 8.00 for an away triumph but they face a stiff task of achieving this outcome. The visitors come into the game with a three-match losing run. Stoke have recently picked up their scoring after a goalless run at the start of November. Our preview fancies Stoke to continue their unbeaten run with a victory.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Stoke City win at 1.45[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke City vs Ipswich Town draw odds: 4.20
Ipswich Town win odds: 8.00
Correct Score odds
Stoke have netted an average of two goals in their previous three matches and this is superior to Ipswich, who have managed just one goal per game in the same period. Both teams are likely to concede with no shutouts since the international break but the hosts should have the added impetus to edge out the encounter. Our correct score prediction would back a Stoke 2-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Stoke City 2-1 win at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Stoke were impressive with their defensive record at the start of November but they have been recently subject to high-scoring matches with at least three goals produced. More of the same can be fancied against Ipswich, who possess the joint-second worst defence in the division. Our total goals prediction fancies more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 2.00[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Tom Ince has stepped up his form since the last international break and he comes into the weekend game with back-to-back goals against Reading and Derby County. He has also excelled against Ipswich in the past with four goals from just seven league meetings. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Tom Ince.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Tom Ince at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
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