2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 18 – Friday

After a dramatic week concerning EFL’s controversial deal with Sky Sports, attention turns to football as Ipswich meet West Bromwich Albion at Portman Road.

Ipswich are currently propping up the table, five points adrift of safety whilst West Brom could go second with victory. 

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Ipswich have no new injury or suspension concerns as Jon Nolan returns from a dead leg. 

Teddy Bishop (hamstring), Ellis Harrison (ankle) and Myles Kenlock (ankle) all remain sidelined but are expected to be fit within next few weeks. 

Emyr Hews has suffered a setback as he recovers from knee surgery and remains absent for an unknown period alongside Tom Adeyemi who continues his recovery from an Achilles injury.  

West Bromwich Albion have Gareth Barry and Chris Brunt back from injuries but will be without Kyle Bartley, who is ruled out with a knee injury. 

Ahmed Hegazi and Matt Phillips are both available after returning from international duty with no injuries. 



Since Paul Lambert took full charge following Ipswich’s 3-0 defeat at Millwall, the Tractor Boys have drawn their last two matches. 

Their home form however has been pretty solid with six draws from eight, with their two defeats coming against Middlesbrough and QPR last month.

West Bromwich Albion meanwhile ended a rut of one point in four by running riot in a 4-1 thrashing of Leeds last time out. 

The Baggies however are winless in their last three away games, scoring twice and conceding four. 


Stat Attack

  • Ipswich have lost two of their last five meetings with West Brom with both defeats coming at The Hawthorns whilst not lost their three clashes at home (W2, D1, L2).
  • In five of last six meetings across all competitions, only the winning side has scored apart from a 1-1 draw at Portman Road in 2010. 
  • Should Freddie Sears score here then it will be the first time that he has netted in three consecutive Championship matches for Ipswich. 
  • West Brom has scored a league high 28 goals after half time whereas Ipswich has scored four goals in that half, which is a league low. 



This is going to be a tough match for Ipswich but Paul Lambert has had a fortnight to fully work on improving their play. 

West Brom however will be too strong here despite their recent away woes as the Tractor Boys continue to adapt to Lambert’s style, so can see an away win here.

Prediction: Ipswich Town 0-2 West Bromwich Albion


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