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Stuart Dalgleish 9th Jan 2010 - 20:00

Roy still Keane on a play-off spot

Leicester City and Ipswich Town are the beneficiaries of the cold snap affecting the UK at the minute, as the Sky cameras have decided to put this match on after both West Ham's match with Wolves and Liverpool's encounter with Tottenham were called off.

It gives the public the chance to see Roy Keane's revolution at Ipswich.

It was expected that the Tractor Boys would be one of the teams challenging for the two automatic promotion places before the season started, and there's plenty of time for that dream to be realised, but after a nightmare start where Town took 17 games to get a win in any competition they've done well to not be marooned at the bottom of the table.

Thankfully for Ipswich though, the ever unpredictable nature of the Championship means that even though they've only won four league games all season they're only 13 points off a play-off spot.

If Keane can start turning some of the 13 draws that he's overseen into wins, and add to his squad in this transfer window then they've got every chance of making up that deficit and getting into the end of season lottery that is the play-offs. Only a fool would bet against a manager that's seen it and done it before with Sunderland at this level.

One problem that the Manchester United legend will need to eradicate though is Ipswich's inability to defend right up to the 90th minute, they are certainly getting better but have only kept six clean sheets all season and have also let in goals in the last five minutes of games six times, add to this that Leicester have scored in the last minute in four of their last six games at the Walkers Stadium and 'Yes' in the market 'Match goal - Last 5 Minutes' at 9/4 could be a great bet.

Leicester on the other hand have been miserly in comparison, with only three teams conceding less goals than the Foxes' 24 in league games this season. However, City have kept just one clean sheet in their last six games and four of those games were at the Walkers.

The match betting looks like this: Leicester, without a defeat in four games against Ipswich at home, are 11/10, Ipswich are the draw specialists with half of their games finishing level in the Championship this season and that eventuality happening is a 9/4 chance. Town, with only one defeat in their last 12 league matches are a 5/2 shot to pick up only their 2nd win on the road.

Matty Fryatt is City's leading scorer, as he was in League 1 last season as the Foxes surged to promotion; the striker has 11 league goals so far and is 4/1 to bag the first in this game. Looking slightly further aback though, Andy King has four goals in his last seven outings which makes the Welsh international look tempting at 10/1 to pounce first or 7/2 to score at anytime of the 90 minutes.

Jon Stead would've been hoping to add to his tally of six goals in his last 10 matches but thanks to the forward's sending off against Crystal Palace he's forced to sit this one out, leading the line instead will be Stern John and he's 8/1 to break the deadlock, 11/4 to notch at any point of the match. The on-loan man hasn't scored in five appearances for Town so will be desperate to open his account in this one.

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