Our prediction for this League 1 match:
After sharing the spoils with Crewe Alexandra on the road, Fleetwood Town will be looking to return to winning ways in the League One when they host Ipswich Town at their Highbury Stadium on Matchday 22. The Fishermen are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, and they are surely capable of matching Ipswich at home ground. The Tractor Boys, on the other hand, finished 2020 in style, with the team beating Burton 2-1 at home.
Ipswich Town have not been in action in the League One since December 15, meaning that tired legs are unlikely to pose to be a big threat for the visitors. Anyhow, given the number of absentees in the away team, home win should be considered in this one. In their last meeting in the English third tier Fleetwood defeated Ipswich thanks to Ched Evans’ goal.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
Highlighted Team (Ipswich):
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.