Our football match prediction:
Birmingham City will be looking to bounce back from a heavy 4-0 loss to Newcastle United when they welcome Ipswich Town at their St. Andrew’s Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Blues failed to impress in previous two league fixtures and, as a result, they dropped to eighth place in the Premier League standings. Gary Rowett’s charges, though, are just one point behind the play-offs berth and they are certainly capable of picking up all three points from Tuesday’s football game against Ipswich Town. The Tractor Boys shared the spoils with Cardiff City at the weekend and they are sitting in 17th place in the Championship standings ahead of the trip to Birmingham. The Blues are after their sixth home win of the season and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will start a new winning run in the English second tier.
Highlighted Player (Stephen Gleeson):
Stephen Gleeson is an Irish footballer who plays for Birmingham City as a midfielder. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Gleeson was born in Dublin on 3 August, 1988 and he has 16 caps for Republic of Ireland U21 team. He made his senior debut for the Boys in Green in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador on 23 May, 2006. Stephen Gleeson started his youth career at Cherry Orchard and as a boy he admired Republic of Ireland ace Roy Keane. At the age of 18 he signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he made no more than three league appearances for the Wolves between 2006 and 2009. He enjoyed loan stints with Stockport County, Hereford United and Milton Keynes Dons during that period and on 1 July, 2009 he signed a three-year deal with the Dons. After playing 174 matches for the club, he joined Birmingham City for the 2014/2015 Championship campaign. It has to be noted that he scored five goals in 44 appearances for the Blues in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.
Highlighted Team (Ipswich Town):
Ipswich Town are an English football club that was formed in 1878. Portman Road has been the home ground of Ipswich Town since 1894 and the capacity of the venue, which was expanded in 2002, is 30,311. The Tractor Boys compete in the Championship, but they used to play in the English Premier League in the past as well. Ipswich Town last appeared in the elite division in the 2001/2002 season. Ipswich won the FA Cup in 1978, with the team beating Arsenal (1-0) in the title game. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1981 when they outplayed AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Cup final. It has to be noted that the Tractor Boys have yet to suffer a loss at home ground in the European competitions. Norwich City are regarded as Ipswich Town’s bitterest rivals and it is well known that the two sides take on each other in the East Anglian derby.