Ipswich v West Brom Tips: Baggies to find it tough in East Anglia?
West Bromwich Albion could return to the automatic promotion spots with victory over rock-bottom Ipswich Town at Portman Road tonight.
The Baggies went into the international break off the back of a resounding 4-1 victory over Leeds United.
Can they continue that progress against the Paul Lambert’s improving Tractor Boys? Or will the ex-Aston Villa boss haunt his old Midlands rivals in his second home match in charge?
Ipswich may have home advantage but that hasn’t counted for much in 2018. The Tractor Boys have won just one of their last 16 league matches at Portman Road dating back to late January.
The Baggies have the firepower to do some serious damage in East Anglia tonight. But Lambert’s men are tough as old boots in front of their own fans.
This match looks set to be a classic example of attack v defence. No prizes for guessing which side is which. Ipswich should at least have a better chance with Lambert in charge.
The 49-year-old has been credited with making Town much more organised in recent weeks, particularly in their pulsating 2-2 draw with Reading a fortnight ago.
That’ll be important this evening, with Dwight Gayle expected to return up-top alongside Jay Rodriguez.
Add in the joint threats of Harvey Barnes and Matthew Phillips, and the Tractor Boys’ defensive duo of Matthew Pennington and Luke Chambers will have their hands full.
If they can soak up the inevitable Baggies pressure, then Gwion Edwards and Freddie Sears are the obvious threats on the break.
The latter of that trio Scored Last against Sheffield Wednesday at the start of the month and is 8/1 to bookend things again here.
Where: Portman Road, Ipswich.
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event
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