2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 31 – Sunday

After Leeds United returned to top of Championship with a draw at Middlesbrough, Norwich welcome Ipswich to Carrow Road in the East Anglian derby. 

Daniel Farke’s Canaries can return top with at least a point whilst Ipswich need a win to kick-start a rapidly fading survival bid.

Team news

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Norwich remain without Timm Klose and Moritz Leitner but both are close to first team action. 

Leitner returned to training last week after two months out with an ankle injury, although he still needs time to regain match fitness. Klose meanwhile will resume training early next week. 

Tom Trybull is however available after recovering from an ankle injury he picked up in last weekend’s win over Leeds. 

Ipswich are hoping that James Collins and Luke Chambers are fit after missing last weekend with respective foot and hamstring issues. 

Jack Lankester (back) and Emyr Huws (knee) are still out while Ben Folami (Achilles) and Grant Ward (cruciate) are out until next season. 

 

Form

Norwich have lost one of last 18 league matches but have drawn four of their last seven, including their last home match against fellow promotion rivals, Sheffield United which finished 2-2. 

Carrow Road has been a haven for the Canaries in recent months with just one defeat in last nine home games, although they have taken two wins and draws apiece plus a loss in last five at home. 

Ipswich in contrast are on a dire run with just one win in last eight across all competitions. 

Away from Portman Road, the Tractor Boys have lost all of their last seven trips but managed an away goal last time out at Aston Villa. 

 

Stat Attack 

  • Norwich are unbeaten in last 11 against Ipswich, including play-offs (W6, D5)
  • Last 33 meetings in this fixture have all come in second tier of English Football.
  • Four of last five meetings have finished 1-1 with last seven goals all coming in second half. 

Prediction

Form tend to go out of the window when it comes to local derbies but unfortunately I can see form playing a huge part here in a home win.

Prediction: Norwich City 2-0 Ipswich Town

Result: Norwich City 3-0 Ipswich Town

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