A low scoring game is on the cards at Portman Road in the Championship.
Ipswich v Huddersfield - Saturday 15:00
A lack of entertainment is pushing Mick McCarthy closer and closer to the exit door at Portman Road but he couldn’t care less. Ipswich played out their second successive goalless draw on home soil against Brighton in midweek, a decent result all things considered, but reports afterwards centred around the low turnout and the team’s inability to make a numerical advantage count.
The Seagulls had midfielder Dale Stephens dismissed for a second bookable offence with eight minutes remaining but no onslaught followed - and that in itself goes a long way to explaining why only 15,228 turned up against one of the major promotion contenders, the lowest gate for nearly four years. Stubborn to a fault, expect more of the same from McCarthy here.
Ipswich have the second lowest total goals expectancy in the Championship (1.87), while Huddersfield have the third-lowest (2.11). In short, this game is expected to produce fewer than two goals, so the 2/1 available on under 1.5 goals has to be snapped up. The bet has copped in ten of the last 14 matches involving these two teams.
Huddersfield’s last three away games have all been settled by a solitary strike, an Aaron Mooy thunderbolt winning the derby against Leeds before narrow setbacks at Brighton and Reading. The Terriers registered just six on target in those three matches, so there could be an opportunity for Ipswich to nick this. But they probably won’t take it. Back no goalscorer at 15/2.