Looking to put some money on the game? Dan Butler gives his betting tips on Wolves vs Ipswich.
For some reason I have a bad feeling about this game. If there was ever a manager to rain on our parade it would be Mick McCarthy. We’ve not been at our best in recent weeks yet ground out results regardless, but if we don’t buck our ideas up then someone will inevitably catch us out, it just better not be Mick. Here are a couple of tips for the match, odds as always come from SkyBet.
Double chance – Ipswich or Draw
Most of us laughed at the start of the season when numerous pundits questioned whether the likes of Neves, Jota and Bonatini could stand up to the rigours of the Championship and rightly so. The idea that foreign players can’t perform in certain conditions is ludicrous and the fact so many faces in the media were spouting this misinformation suggests a wider problem with how football is analysed in this country. However, what shouldn’t be understated is the toll that playing so many games in a short period of time can take, I think we’re starting to see the effects of that on our front 3. Cavaleiro and Jota were both guilty of causing attacks to break down at Sheffield Wednesday last Friday and it wasn’t even that they were trying things that weren’t coming off, it was basic things such as first touch or not picking out a man properly (how many times must our counter attacks be slowed down by balls being played too slowly or played behind the recipient for them to take it in their stride?!). This isn’t a foreign players problem, this is a football player problem. When you have so many games piling up players naturally aren’t as sharp, this isn’t helped by us having to play Monday – Saturday – Friday in recent weeks whilst other teams have their normal Saturday 3PM kick offs.
The recent form of the front 3 makes me think there’ll be some rotation for the visit of Ipswich, but if there isn’t then I don’t expect us to find it easy to break them down. Especially as McCarthy will have no problem sticking 2 banks of 4 behind the ball and looking to counter attack the space we’ll leave. Ipswich are no mugs, so whilst their start to the season had a lot of fortune about it they’re now on the fringes of the Play-Offs through merit. The double chance tip is a bit of a long shot if you’re looking purely at the League table or comparing squads, but considering the apparent fatigue of our attacking trio and McCarthy’s talent for snatching results in games like these it becomes a slightly more attractive bet. You can get Ipswich or Draw at 15/8 with SkyBet.
Over 40 Ipswich booking points
We may as well just accept that teams are going to try and kick us all over the pitch for the rest of the season, 4 opposition red cards in our last 5 games showed that if it wasn’t already obvious. McCarthy will make sure his Ipswich side stifle every creative outlet we have in the team and he’ll tell his players to shut us down by fair means or foul. We’re going to see a lot of the ball and (hopefully) we’ll be moving the ball quickly, if Mick wants his players to get touch tight to Neves, Jota et al. then they’re going to run the risk of committing a lot of fouls. We aren’t going to be able to sit back and counter like we do away from home, so we need to make sure we’re moving the ball through the phases quickly and draw fouls. Over 40 Ipswich booking points is 7/2.