This Saturday sees Ipswich Town visit the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City in the Football League Championship.
It has been a poor start for Ipswich in the Championship, as Tuesday’s 2-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough extended their winless start to the season to eleven games.
Paul Hurst was appointed as the new Ipswich manager in the summer, but he has had very little budget to work with during his tenure thus far.
Ipswich have lost Bersant Celina, who returned to Manchester City before being sold to the Swans, David McGoldrick (Sheff Utd), Joe Garner (Wigan) and Martyn Waghorn (Derby), who scored a combined forty two goals between them last term.
The new additions to the squad, Kayden Jackson, Ellis Harrison and Jon Walters, are yet to really make their mark so far this season in replacing the outgoing players.
To compound matters even further for the Tractor Boys, Harrison and Walters will be missing from the trip to South Wales this weekend.
Swansea have made a good start to the season, and despite only picking up a point at the DW Stadium in midweek, I felt they deserved to win the game.
This followed on from an emphatic 3-0 win at home to QPR last weekend and the Swans have now conceded only one goal in their last five games – that being the controversial goal at Stoke.
Swans vs Ipswich Town Head to Head Stats
Last three meetings at the Liberty Stadium:
25/04/2011: [Championship] Swansea City 4 Ipswich Town 1
27/03/2010: [Championship] Swansea City 0 Ipswich Town 0
07/02/2009: [Championship] Swansea City 3 Ipswich Town 0
Full head to head record at the Vetch Field and Liberty Stadium:
Games played: 24
Swans wins: 17
Ipswich wins: 1
Swans Goals: 30
Ipswich Goals: 14
You can take a look at all of the historical results between the two clubs, starting way back in a Division 3 South clash in 1947, on our Swansea City v Ipswich Town Head to Head Statistics page.
Swans vs Ipswich Town Match Predictions
As discussed in my Wigan v Swans betting tips in midweek, I do feel the bookmakers continue to underestimate Swansea this season and this is shown again with Swansea available at 5/6 (1.83) at the time of writing.
Swansea’s style of football continues to impress, although their goal tally of ten goals in eleven games is likely the reason the bookmakers are underestimating Swansea. There are signs however of this improving in the last couple of games!
Swansea’s scoring problems may also be helped this weekend by Ipswich’s own defensive problems.
Ipswich have only kept one clean sheet in their eleven league games so far this season, and this was at home to a Bolton side who had been reduced to ten men in the first half of that game.
Ipswich also have their own problems going forward, as their goal tally of eight goals in eleven games is the joint worst in the division. Given this statistic, the Swans defence will be confident of another clean sheet.
I’d recommend backing Swansea to win the game and having a smaller stake on this being a 2-0 victory.
Swansea to win: 5/6 (1.83 ) – Marathon Bet, Betway, Bet365.
Swansea to win 2-0: 7/1 (8.00) – BetStars, BetVictor.
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