Ipswich v Norwich Preview

This may not seem too significant in the eyes of most football fans, but this is a huge derby game in the East of the country although just the one side really needs the points. Although Ipswich will be putting everything into beating their fierce local rivals, Norwich are the one in the more desperate situation as the Canaries are only out of the drop zone due to goal difference.

It wasn’t so long ago that Jim Magilton said his side were still in the hunt for the play offs, although it looks as though that push now ended a long, long time ago. The Tractor Boys are sat in 11th position and with twelve points separating them from 6th placed Burnley, it really has been a disappointing season for them. Magilton may have been a fans favorite as a player at Portman Road, but these days the supporters have started to turn against him and many are unhappy with his style of management. Ipswich have spent a lot of money over the past twelve months and with that, fans expected more than the mid-table finish that looks set to occur.

However, Norwich fans would love to be in their rivals’ position. The Canaries have had another poor season and their relegation woes are far from over, with Bryan Gunn’s men hovering dangerously close to the drop zone in 20th place. It’s just goal difference that’s keeping them out at the moment although something that the team will take enormous confidence from is their latest result, which saw them easily pick off Watford 2-0 at Carrow Road. Their final three fixtures are indifferent in terms of difficulty, with this game, a tricky home encounter with Reading as well as a trip to Charlton on the last day of the season all being on the agenda.

Home side Ipswich have a few doubts heading into this one with David Wright, Jon Walters and Gareth McAuley all concerns for the Tractor Boys. However, out of the three, McAuley is the one most likely to feature and the defender has been given until the last minute to prove his fitness after a hamstring problem. Norwich have been handed some good news this week with David Mooney and Ryan Bertrand both being handed slim chances of featuring. Both were carrying minor knocks but it now looks as though the duo will be passed fit to play.

While Ipswich don’t have much to play for at the moment due to their league position, Jim Magilton knows the importance of this fixture in regards to the derby factor. Norwich will scrap for everything as well though and because of this, we think everything will be evened out and finish in a 0-0 draw.

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