Our prediction for this Championship match:
Fulham made a slow start to the season, but they have been showing signs of improvement of late. The Cottagers were scoring goals for fun in December and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s football match against Ipswich Town. The capital club are eyeing a place in the Championship play-offs and the game against the Tractor Boys is of big importance for Slavisa Jokanovic’s troops. Mick McCarthy’s charges, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form and they are on a three-game winless run in the English second tier ahead of the trip to London. The two teams are level on points in the Championship standings, but seeing that Ipswich’s displays on the road leave a lot to be desired, we predict the Cottagers will emerge triumphant in Monday’s festive fixture. Fulham defeated Ipswich at Portman Road Stadium earlier this term and the history is likely to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Oliver Norwood):
Oliver Norwood is a Reading midfielder who began his youth career at Manchester United. Norwood made his debut for the reserve team against Middlesbrough in November, 2007, but he did not get a chance to play for the first team. After ending his loan spell with Coventry City in 2012, the 180-cm-tall midfielder signed a contract with Huddersfield Town. Oliver Norwood scored eight goals in 80 league appearances for the club between 2012 and 2014. Later in 2014 he joined Reading for an undisclosed fee and he made his debut for the Royals against Nottingham Forest on 23 August, 2014. Norwood was born in Burnley, England and he has six caps for England U16 team. He played three games for the U17 team as well, but he then decided to represent Northern Ireland as his heritage is Northern Irish. Norwood made his debut for the Green and White Army on 11 August, 2010, in a 2-0 loss to Montenegro. He replaced Sammy Clingan in the second half of the match.
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.