Ipswich vs Newcastle Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

Newcastle’s title bid is now seriously faltering with just 2 wins from their last 7 games. Ipswich come into this game following a good win on the road on Good Friday and there is potential for goals at both ends in this game.

In terms of automatic promotion, the Magpies are still in a very strong position. However, their failure to hold on against Leeds on Friday means they will now have to wait until next weekend at the earliest before they can book their place in the top flight. A few injuries have hampered them a bit in recent weeks and defensively they’ve not been as solid. Both teams have scored in 7 of their last 10 matches and they’ve gone 3 games without an away win for the first time this season.

Even without Dwight Gayle they are still a dangerous attacking team, at this level at least. Rafa Benitez’s side average 1.79 goals per game this term ,which is the joint best goal-scoring record in the Championship. Aside from Gayle, their most reliable source for a goal has been winger Matt Ritchie. The former Bournemouth man has 11 league goals this term and has chipped in with goals in 2 of his last 4 appearances, so backing Ritchie to score anytime at 2/1 could be worth a punt.

Ipswich really struggled for goals in the early months of the season but they’ve looked a lot more lively of late and have no relegation worries now after their win at the Pirelli on Friday. They can play with real freedom here, which could make them dangerous opponents. Both teams have scored in 9 of Ipswich’s last 11 games and the Tractor Boys have only failed to score in 1 of their last 13 outings so things have certainly improved for them in the final third.

Given that, backing Both Teams to Score at 4/5 looks like it could offer value here.

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