Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football game at Portman Road pits together Ipswich Town and Preston, the two teams who are level on points in the Championship standings ahead of Matchday 16. The Tractor Boys failed to spoil Cardiff City’s party at Cardiff City Stadium in midweek, with the team suffered their fourth loss on the road in the 2017/2018 season. Mick McCarthy’s men aim to climb to the play-offs berth in the table, but seeing that they suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Bristol City and Norwich City in previous two home games in the English second tier, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts. Preston have been struggling at the back of late, but their attacker have found their goal-scoring touch and a lively contest appears on the cards. Taking everything into account, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to play out a high-scoring draw at Portman Road Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Knudsen):
Back in 2004 Jonas Knudsen of Denmark began his youth career at Hjerting IF. In 2006 he joined Esbjerg and he made his first-team debut for the club in a heavy 4-0 loss to Randers. Knudsen became the second youngest debutant in the history of the club and he stayed at the club until 2015. The 185-cm-tall left back joined Ipswich Town on 31 July, 2015 and his deal with the Tractor Boys expires in 2018. Knudsen used to play for Denmark U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams in the past and he has four caps for the first team. Jonas Knudsen made 41 appearances for Ipswich Town in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he scored one goal for the club on his debut season. The Danish international is well known for his long throws and journalists in England often compare him with Rory Delap. Knudsen was born on 16 September, 1992 in Esbjerg.
Highlighted Team (Preston North End):
Preston North End or Preston were founded in 1880. The Lilywhites or the Invincibles play their home games at Deepdale, the stadium that was built in 1875 and opened three years later. In 1889 Preston won their first FA Cup trophy and they did well to beat Huddersfield Town in the final of the 1938 FA Cup final. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1889 and 1890 when they won back-to-back domestic trophies (First Division). Preston have yet to win the League Cup title, but they were runners-up in 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954, 1964. Preston’s main rivals are Blackpool and the two teams square off against each other in the West Lancashire derby. In their first ever meeting in the West Lancashire derby (1901) Preston recorded a 4-1 win over Blackpool. Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are considered Preston’s big rivals as well. The colour of Preston’s shirts is white and they wear dark blue shorts.