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Ipswich v Southampton: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Ipswich will be looking to take another step towards Championship promotion when they host Southampton in a key clash on Easter Monday.

Ipswich have taken real advantage of Leicester’s recent drop off in form to go top of the Championship table.

The Tractor Boys have won eight of their last nine league games but now face a tough challenge against Southampton, who are 10 points behind them with two games in hand.

Ipswich v Southampton

Ipswich v Southampton betting tips and predictions

Ipswich to win - 31/20

Ipswich's good recent form and Leicester's struggles have seen the Tractor Boys' chances of securing back-to-back promotions dramatically increase.

Kieran McKenna's side sit two points clear of the third-place Foxes and a point ahead of Leeds in second, and will be looking to consolidate that with a win over Southampton.

The Saints have lost four of their last eight games in all competitions and are now 10 points behind their opponents, although they do have two games in hand.

Both of these teams have been among the most entertaining to watch in the second division this term, with Ipswich comfortably the top scorers with 81 and Southampton in joint-second with 74 goals.

Russell Martin’s side have struggled defensively recently, though, with just one clean sheet recorded in their last nine appearances in all competitions.

That could be a major disadvantage against an Ipswich team that are so free-scoring and McKenna’s men have also been rock-solid at home.

At Portman Road, the Tractor Boys have won 14, drawn four and lost one of their 19 home games.

Against a Southampton side that have been struggling for form recently, Ipswich look like prime candidates to consolidate their position at the top of the table with a win.

The visitors have conceded 13 times in their last six games and that could be the difference between the two teams.

Ali Al Hamadi to score at any time - 15/8

Ipswich have been impressive on the pitch this season and a big reason for this has been the performances of Ali Al Hamadi, who signed from Wimbledon in January and has a strong scoring record since his arrival.

The forward has netted four times in limited appearances, averaging 2.50 goals every 90 minutes since joining the league leaders.

Al Hamadi has three goals in his last four games and before that had 13 goals in 22 matches for Wimbledon in the first half of this campaign.

Take the forward to add to his tally against a Southampton defence that has been leaky recently.

Even if he starts on the bench, Al Hamadi could have a big say in this game and is fancied to get on the scoresheet once more.

Sam Morsy to be shown a card - 8/5

Sam Morsy is a key element in Ipswich’s midfield but his struggles with discipline make him vulnerable.

The Egyptian has been booked 12 times in the league this season and his all action role in the middle of the park makes him a likely candidate for another here.

Morsy has previous, having been booked 11 times two seasons ago and 12 last term.

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Ipswich v Southampton Odds

Ipswich - 31/20
Draw -
12/5
Southampton -
17/10

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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