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Oxford vs Ipswich predictions for Tuesday’s League 1 fixture at Kassam Stadium. Can the hosts bounce back after tasting defeat at the weekend? Read on for our free League 1 predictions and betting tips.

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Ipswich to Win @ 14/5

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Ipswich 2-1 @ 11/1

Reason For Oxford United vs Ipswich Predictions

  • Oxford lost a league match at Kassam Stadium for the first time since August last time out.
  • Ipswich haven’t won away from home since beating Rochdale back in the first week of November.
  • Only three teams have scored more travelling goals than Ipswich during the current campaign.
  • Oxford are League 1’s fifth-highest scorers at home this season.

U’s must bounce back

Just a few weeks ago, it looked as though Oxford were marching towards the top of League 1, though they’ve since come crashing back down to earth with back-to-back defeats, losing to both Doncaster and Rotherham. Saturday’s defeat at Kassam was the first time that the U’s had tasted defeat at home since August.

Losing at home is disappointing, especially for a team that had previously looked so solid on their own patch, but we mustn’t overreact to Oxford’s defeat against Rotherham. They weren’t as solid defensively as they usually are at home, but they were still just about the better team, while it’s fair to say that the result didn’t fully reflect their efforts.

Overall at home, Oxford are a sturdy side. They’ve conceded in just one of their last nine at Kassam, while they’re also League 1’s third-best team in terms of shots on target conceded, shipping an average of just 2.6. What may worry manager Karl Robinson is that his side has slowed up in terms of goals scored at home of late, scoring just three in their last four.

Tractor Boys finally back on the up

It had been a rocky six weeks or so for Ipswich, who appeared to be going nowhere fast, but Paul Lambert’s men made a timely return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, beating Accrington by four goals to one.

Somewhat bizarrely, Ipswich have done much better away from home than they have at Portman Road this term. Tuesday’s visitors are League 1’s second-best away team in terms of points accumulated. They’ve not won any of their last four on the road, two of which they’ve lost, but after Saturday’s confidence-boosting win, they may just fancy themselves to become the second team to win at Kassam in the space of four days.

One aspect of Ipswich’s game, especially on the road, that is encouraging ahead of this match is their ability to score goals. Even during their slump, they scored goals away from home, notching four in their last two. They’ve only failed to score twice away from home this term.

Visitors not to be overlooked

It would be easy to stick with Oxford, after all, they’ve been excellent at home this term, though their recent lack of goals is slightly worrying, while losing two on the bounce may just have dented their confidence. In contrast, Ipswich will be buoyed by their excellent display on Saturday, while it’s not as if they’re strangers to winning away from home this season. There’s not much in it, but at the prices, an away win appeals. Scoring goals has been no problem for the Tractor Boys on the road this term, while they oiled their attacking cogs by scoring four on Saturday. In contrast, Oxford are in a bit of a slump, scoring just one in their last two and just three in their last four at home. As mentioned above, this could be tight and is by no means a betting fixture to get overly excited about, but Ipswich’s extra potency is fancied to make the difference.

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Article by: Bradley G
Contact: bradley.gibbs@apsleygroup.co.uk
Twitter: @BGibbs92
Published: January 12, 2020

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