Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on the Kassam Stadium when Oxford United and Ipswich Town face each other in the League One derby. The Yellows aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play in the midweek fixture. Marcus Brown, who came as a substitute and scored in the 3-1 loss to Millers, is likely to be recalled to the starting XI.
The Tractor Boys, on the other hand, proved their worth in the 4-1 win over Accrington Stanley, with the team putting an end to their eight-game winless run in the English third tier. Seeing that Ipswich Town will go for a win in the Kassam Stadium clash as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Rob Hall):
Rob Hall is an English footballer who plays as a right-winger for Oxford United. The Aylesbury local was born on the 21st of October, 1993. Formerly a West Ham Youth product, the pacey forward signed his first professional contract with the club in October 2010. He made his professional debut, however, playing for Oxford United against Dagenham on the 13th of September 2011, a game in which he also scored his first-ever goal.
He followed up his time at Oxford with loan spells at clubs like Milton Keynes, Birmingham City, and Bolton Wanderers. On the 28th of March, 2013, he joined Bolton on a permanent deal, thus ending his more than a decade long relationship with parent club West ham. He remained a Bolton player until 2016 but made a little impact having gone out on loan twice to Milton Keynes during that time.
On the 19th of July, 2016, the 25-year old re-joined former club Oxford United on an initial two-year contract, which has since extended. On the International front, Hall has represented his country on the under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-19 level and was a member of the team that won the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.
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.