Our prediction for this Championship match:
Wolverhampton will be looking to cement top position in the Championship standings when they take on Ipswich Town at their Molineux Stadium on Matchday 23. The Wolves have been in a splendid form in the first half of the season and they head into Saturday’s football match following a hard-fought win over Sheffield Wednesday. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are seen as No. 1 favourites to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League, but they can’t afford any complacency in upcoming festive fixtures. The Tractor Boys, on the other hand, recorded three wins in previous four league games, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s clash against the league leaders. Over the years Wolverhampton have turned their Molineux Stadium into a real fortress and we predict they will put icing on the cake on a very successful season with a win over Ipswich Town.
Highlighted Player (John Ruddy):
John Ruddy is a goalkeeper who was born in St Ives, England on 24 October, 1986. He played for a number of English clubs in the past and he started his senior career at Cambridge United. After making 39 appearances for Cambridge, he signed a deal with Everton for a fee of £250,000. However, he failed to establish himself as the team’s first-choice shoot-stopper and as a result, he spent a bit part of his career on loan at Walsall, Rushden and Diamonds, Chester City, Stockport County, Wrexham, Bristol City, Crewe Alexandra and Motherwell. In 2010 he made a right decision when he signed for Norwich City for an undisclosed fee as he was immediately given the number 1 shirt. Two years later he received his first England call-up as Roy Hodgson decided to bring him to Euro 2012 finals. However, Ruddy was forced to withdraw from the squad through injury. John Ruddy is married to Laura and his nickname is “The Iceman”. He was named Norwich City Players’ Player of the Year for the 2011/2012 season.
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.