Ipswich Town vs West Bromwich Albion Betting Odds, Carling Cup Preview – Wednesday, December 1st

November 30, 2010 | In: Articles

Ipswich Town v West Bromwich Albion Betting Tip & Odds: Well, Ipswich have a good home record against West Brom, however Ipswich seem to be in a very generous mood at the moment. They are gifting away goals and points, something which boss Roy Keane understandably is not too happy about. Funnily enough, the two sides have even records in defence and attack, so there doesn’t look to be too clear and advantage there. Can Ipswich cause an upset against the Premier League side? Ipswich are just too fallible at the moment to back with any confidence, even though West Brom aren’t in fantastic form. The Baggies do have the edge in quality, and that has to win out in your betting strategy. Method of Victory West Brom in Extra Time 10/1 at Bet365

Ipswich Town to win: 11/4 at BetFred
Draw: 13/5 at Bet365
West Bromwich Albion to win: 11/10 at 888Sport

Carling Cup Match Preview: The Midlands are being pretty well represented in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup this year, with Aston Villa and Birmingham going at in Wednesday’s other tie. West Brom, who have earned themselves some deserved plaudits this year, square off against the lowest team left in the competition, Ipswich from the Championship. Despite a lot of early promise and guts, West Brom have slowly been sliding backwards down the Premier League, winning only one of seven matches. But they topped up their numbers on the weekend, with a great away performance at Everton of all places, where the Baggies hit four goals. That win has left them in mid table mediocrity in the league, and boss Roberto Di Matteo really has the chance here to do some further good with the club, by getting them to the semi finals of the Carling Cup. This competition is great for teams like West Brom, as it offers a glimmer of a chance of silverware, with bigger clubs historically fielding weaker side. West Brom are the big club in this fixture however, and they need to put in a good, professional performance in order to get the job done against Ipswich.

What Roberto Di Matteo has done for West Brom, is give the Baggies a good footballing identity. There is that touch of Italian flair there in the side, a desire to play the ball on the ground, to play it out from the back. However, you do still need the quality of player to pull it off, but West Brom’s biggest downfall, really has been their defence, which hasn’t been sharp or strong enough this season. West Brom have only managed to keep one clean sheet this season, back in their second match of the season. They have been good to watch this season though, and they just need a little more solidity and they should be able to comfortably secure Premier League football next season. They have had some bothersome results of late though against opposition which they should be beating. They lost to Blackpool, drew with West Ham and lost to Wigan, the teams against which, they really need to be picking up points if they are going to make life easier for themselves. They have shown good qualities though this season, beating Arsenal at the Emirates and holding Spurs to a draw, all part of a six game unbeaten streak they went on. They are just in a slump at the moment, but perhaps the big victory away at Everton will see them get back on track, and play with a bit more confidence.

They renew a meeting against a side which they were familiar with last season. The sides met in the Championship last year, with the Baggies winning their home fixture, and drawing away at Ipswich. This is why this could be a tricky match for West Brom. Ipswich have a very good record at home against West Brom overall, with a 57% win percentage against the Baggies when they come to down. However, Ipswich are not a team in any kind of form at the moment. After suffering the humiliation of a 4-1 defeat at bitter rivals Norwich on the weekend, that has left Ipswich with just three wins in their last eleven matches. This is a serious downward turn, after showing a lot of promise at the start of the season under boss Roy Keane. Keane admitted himself though that the club aren’t likely to win the league, and at the moment promotion seems a long way away, at least in the league standings. However, Ipswich may be down in 16th, but they are only six points off sixth place, so there is a lot to play for. Jason Scotland leads the way in the goal scoring charts for them, with five league goals this season, but having lost their last two home matches, there is a lot to turn around at the moment. Roy Keane really needs his troops to respond at Portman Road on Wednesday. Better form and they may have just edged this one. West Brom to battle through though.

Last 5 Head to Head

Ipswich 1, West Brom 1
West Brom 2, Ipswich 0
Ipswich 2, West Brom 0
West Brom 4, Ipswich 0
West Brom 2, Ipswich 0

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