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Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Predictions

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  • Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough
    Ipswich

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      It has been a difficult 2018 for Ipswich fans and they more than most could do with some festive cheers as Paul Lambert’s side head to the Riverside this Saturday. Middlesbrough remain in the thick of the promotion picture but their form hasn’t been good of late and a lack of creativity and a lack of goals remain major worries.

      Rajiv van La Parra is set to join on loan from Huddersfield which should at least give Boro a fresh option but they may need more new arrivals in January if they are to sustain a serious promotion challenge. Tony Pulis is now a year into the job and while Boro fans may have put up with his somewhat dour brand of football were it firing them towards automatic promotion, patience is increasingly wearing thin with a play-off place looking about the best case scenario right now for the Teesside club.

      Ipswich’s plight is far more worrying though. Not since the 1950’s have the Suffolk club dropped out of the top two divisions but with Ipswich currently rock bottom of the Championship and 7 points from safety, it looks highly likely that they will be playing third tier football for the first time in over half a century in 2019.

      This wouldn’t really have been a game that Paul Lambert would have particularly earmarked as a potential win but they are clearly going to need to pull off a few upsets between now and May to stand a chance. A 3-0 defeat at QPR on Boxing Day was the latest setback and there’s little reason to give them much hope here with their last 6 away league games resulting in 5 defeats to nil and just 1 point.

      Ipswich have failed to score in a huge 67% of their away Championship matches this term. They are also the division’s 2nd lowest overall scorers with just 0.79 goals per game and 75% of their away league games have ended in defeat. Boro may have been slipping up a bit in recent weeks but they still boast the Championship’s best defensive record by some margin and ought to comfortably handle anything Ipswich are able to throw at them.

      Ipswich by contrast have the division’s worst defensive record, have conceded in all their away games this term and even against an unconvincing Boro attack, are likely to struggle to keep it tight for anything like 90 minutes. Overall backing Middlesbrough to Win to Nil looks good here.

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