Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Portman Road when Ipswich Town and Sunderland face each other in the League One round 23. The Tractor Boys have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Crewe, losing to Charlton, while sharing the spoils with Wigan in their last league match. Ipswich Town aim to keep their playoffs hopes alive, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Black Cats. Experienced attacker James Norwood is pushing for a start after finding the net in a 1-1 draw with Wigan at the weekend.
The Black Cats, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Morecambe (5-0) and Plymouth (2-1). Sunderland have been scoring goals for fun of late, but beating Ipswich at Portman Road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards, and, taking everything into account, the share of spoils is on the cards. All Cirkin, Huggins, Hume, O’Nien, Evans, and McGeady are injured for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Lee Evans):
Lee Evans is a right-footed footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic in the Championship. Evans played for the likes of Malpas FC, Bristol Rovers and Newport County during his youth career and he continued playing for the Ironsides at senior level.
The 186-cm-tall midfielder then joined the Wolves, scoring 3 goals in 59 appearances for the club in the league. After ending his loan spells with Bradford City and Wigan Athletic, the Wales international moved to Sheffield United in the winter of 2018 for an undisclosed fee. However, at the end of the 2017/2018 season he returned to Wigan Athletic (loan).
After making 21 appearances for the club, Lee Evans signed a permanent deal with the Latics on January 1, 2019. Speaking of his international career, the Wigan Athletic midfielder made his Wales debut on November 14, 2017 in a 1-1 draw with Panama. His main position is central midfield, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.