Our football match prediction:
Preston and Ipswich Town face each other at the Deepdale Stadium on Matchday 28. No more than six points separate the two teams in the Championship standings, meaning that a close encounter appears on the horizon. Both Preston and Ipswich are eyeing a place in the play-offs and we predict that both teams will go for a win in Saturday’s football match. Preston found the net in each of last 11 games in all competitions and they are likely to score against the Tractor Boys. The Deepdale Stadium outfit suffered only one loss in previous six home fixtures and they are likely to pick up at least one point from the game. Mick McCarthy’s team aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Huddersfield Town and given that they defeated the Lilywhites in the reverse fixture, there is every chance the visitors will find in Saturday’s clash as well.
Highlighted Player (Tom Clarke):
Tom Clarke is a defender who plays for Preston North End. He used to play for Huddersfield Town, Halifax (loan), Bradford City (loan) and Leyton Orient (loan) in the past and in May, 2013 he joined the Lilywhites. On 5 August, 2013 Clarke scored the winner for Preston against Blackpool and it has to be noted that it was his only second appearance for the club. Tom is Nathan Clarke’s brother and his main position is centre back. However, the Preston footballer is capable of playing as both left and right back as well. Tom Clarke played for England U18 and U19 teams and he scored one goal for the national team at international youth level. Clarke won Football League One play-offs on two occasions. He did it with Huddersfield Town in 2012 and with Preston in 2015. He made 35 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net.
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.