Our prediction for this Championship match:
As expected, Ipswich Town were beaten by promotion-chasing Norwich City in their last league fixture, with the team remaining in the ultimate position in the standings. The Tractor Boys are desperate to move away from the bottom, but they just can’t find their best form. Ipswich Town are having a season to forget and, as things stand now, there is every chance they will compete in the League One next season. The Rams, on the other hand, recorded a very important 2-0 win over Hull City in their last league fixture, with the team keeping their hopes of booking their place in the play-offs alive. Frank Lampard’s men produce much better showings at home than on the travels, but given Ipswich’s poor form, away win should be considered. In the first half of the season the Rams defeated the Tractor Boys 2-0.
Highlighted Player (Teddy Bishop):
Having joined Ipswich as an eight-year-old, Teddy Bishop rose through the ranks at Portman Road to become one of the key players for the Tractor Boys. Bishop’s road to prominence hit a serious roadblock in his first year of the academy scholarship when he endured a serious back injury, but it was in 2014 that he went from strength to strength – proving his worth at the club and emerging as one of the most promising players in the squad. The total of 36 appearances in his debut season with the first team were more than enough to make an impression on the fans and the club hierarchy which offered him a new long-term deal. This deep-lying midfielder in characterized by impressive passing accuracy, vision and great reading of the play. Bishop is an asset defensively as well, but he is most comfortable sitting just above the back line, spraying balls around. As a two-footed midfielder, Teddy Bishop is regularly being watched by a number of Premier League biggest clubs.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County is one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946).
Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one.
The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.