Ipswich Town - Leicester City

The season of great expectations started with unexpected defeat against Coventry on the road. Two early strikes by home star Clinton Morrison were enough, although Ipswich were dominating rest of the game, missing a lots of clear goal opportunities and it was a real wonder how they couldn’t avoid at least defeat. But, maybe the bigger blow is a loss of key midfielder David Norris. Keane has confirmed he is likely to be out for around four months after sustaining knee ligament damage. However, good performing continued in Carling Cup. Keano gave a chance to some youngsters who used it on the right way, especially teenager Connor Wickham who scored twice. But, passing weak Shrewsbury after penalties (3-3 regular) was hardly a plus in the chairman Marcus Evans’ notebook and Keane must start collecting the points in Championship. Always dangerous Leicester are coming to Portman Road and there’re no space for new mistake. Keane will order attack from the first whistle and we should watch an open game from the start. Beside mentioned Norris, Ipswich will be without defender Ben Thatcher who won’t face his former club as he still isn’t fit after his own knee injury and forward Pablo Counago is out with a groin problem. Home side obviously has a potential, performance against Coventry was more than decent, but they still need show a first round was just a bad day.

New campaign in the second tier of English football, Leicester started with a win against Swansea at their Walkers stadium. Home fans passed through the torture during the first half, as visitors took a lead and Steve Howard missed to equalize from a penalty kick. Under the guidance of Nigel Pearson, thankfully to excellent physically condition of the players, Leicester became known as a “second-half team”. And once again, they decided a game in the second period with two strikes by two substitutions, Martyn Waghorn and Danny N'Guessan. During the mid-week, Leicester also had a successful appearance in Carling Cup, against League Two side – Macclesfield (2-0 win). It is still far from any kind of euphoria, but though nobody at Walkers isn’t saying loud, play-off became a season objective. Players are full of confidence and all hope they can make a serious impact in the Championship this season. In League One, Leicester used to attack and there’s no doubt, they’re traveling to Portman Road for a win. Beside they don’t know to defend, boss Nigel Pearson will try with attacks to use the holes in Ipswich’s shaky defence line. Right-back Robbie Neilson has served a ban and is likely to make his debut, while midfielder Andy King and defender Aleksandar Tunchev are both pushing for a place after returning from midweek international duty.

In Ipswich, still nobody feels a fire under the feet, but two bad results at the start can judge another season for a middle of the table. On the other hand, after two excellent games in league and cup, visitors got the wings and they surely don’t think about anything less than three points. I can’n give the advantage to any side, but see bet on goals as a very good choice. Pinnacle offer 2.00. Over.


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