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Rupert Wyman 8th Aug 2009 - 16:35

Ipswich will be Keane for a good start

Roy Keane's Ipswich Town open up their Championship campaign against Chris Coleman's Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

The two sides played each other on the last day of the season at Portman Road in May when the Tractor Boys won 2-1. Keane's side look well placed to follow up that victory with another.

The Irishman was in charge for that success over Coventry and the penultimate match of the season at Cardiff, on both occassions he led Town to victories and with Marcus Evans in control of the purse strings this season could see the Suffolk side return to the Premier League.

Ipswich are 9/1 to win the league and are priced at 13/8 to leave the Ricoh with the three points. Coventry are also at 13/8 with the draw a 23/10 shot.

Over the summer Coventry have lost star defenders Scott Dann and Daniel Fox to Birmingham and Celtic respectively with midfielders Sammy Clingan and Michael McIndoe their only notable additions to the squad.

City finished 17th last term, making it bottom-eight finishes three seasons in a row and they could be in for another struggle this time around.

While Keane has recruited striker Tamas Priskin from Watford, left-back Damien Delaney from QPR and winger Lee Martin from Man Utd.

Ipswich finished ninth last year and they should at the very least improve on that especially considering the success Keane had at this level in charge of Sunderland.

Therefore the 13/8 about three points for the away side looks a steal.

Especially as the Sky Blues have only won one of the last 18 matches between the two sides.

Matches between the sides usually lead to goals. In the previous 14 matches between the pair both sides have scored. So in the total goals betting the over 2 goals selection at 10/11 looks to be the one to back.

You can also back both teams to score at 6/5. In the correct score betting the preference would be a 2-1 Ipswich win at 11/1. But with Coventry's high profile defensive summer departures it could also be a 3-1 win which is rated a 22/1 chance.

New recruit Tamas Priskin could be the one to score the goals for Ipswich and he is 6/1 to open the scoring and 7/4 to score within 90 minutes. The Hungarian scored 14 goals in all competitions last term.

His likely strike partner will be Jon Stead, who moved permanently to Portman Road during the summer after spending last season on loan to Ipswich. Stead is available at the same prices as Priskin, but the preference would be to back the debutant.

Here at Willian Hill we have more betting than ever both before the match kicks-off and once it is underway. You can bet In-Play on a wide range of live markets once the game starts at 12:45 live on Sky Sports 2.

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