Our prediction for this Championship match:
Legendary Hillsborough Stadium will host the match between Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town. The Owls aim to climb to the play-offs places and we predict that the hosts will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s football game against the Tractor Boys. Sheffield Wednesday suffered a 2-0 loss to Derby County at iPro Stadium at the weekend, but it is well known that over the years they have turned their Hillsborough Stadium into a real fortress. The Owls are eyeing their sixth home win of the season and seeing that Ipswich Town failed to score in previous three away fixtures in the Championship, there is every chance the hosts will emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football match. Sheffield Wednesday failed to beat Ipswich Town in previous seven meetings between the two teams in the Championship, but we believe that Carlos Carvalhal’s men are capable of putting an end to the negative trend.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Loovens):
Glenn Loovens is the son of Hans Loovens, who used to play for FC Twente in the past. Unlike his father, Glenn started his senior career at Feyenoord and it has to be noted that he played 27 league games for de Trots van Zuid. The right-footed defender played for the likes of Excelsior, De Graafschap and Cardiff City on loan between 2003 and 2006 and then he decided to sign a permanent deal with the Welsh outfit.
After playing 67 games for the Bluebirds, he joined Celtic on 16 August, 2008 and it has to be noted that he scored 8 goals in 61 appearances for the Hoops in the Scottish Premier League. In 2012 he moved to Spain, signing a deal with Zaragoza and he played 21 games for the La Romareda outfit in La Liga.
Loovens then decided to return to England as he signed a contract with Sheffield Wednesday. Speaking of his international career, the Sheffield Wednesday footballer has two caps for Netherlands, while playing 6 games for the U-21 team.
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.