By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 22nd November 2018
West Bromwich Albion will make the trip to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town this Friday night. Paul Lambert will be desperate for three points to create some traction for his Tractor Boys at the bottom of the League, while a win for the Baggies will take them to second place courtesy of their mammoth goal difference.
Ipswich vs West Brom: odds and predictions
Lambert’s men are wagering as 16/5 outsiders in our Ipswich vs West Brom predictions, while the away team are betting as 10/11 favourites, with a potential draw trading at odds of 12/5.
The Throstles look to be the stronger side on paper, with an in-form offensive line-up raring to go again this Friday. Leading the combined charge are Hal Ronson-Kanu, Jay Rodriguez and the pacey Dwight Gayle – all former Premier League players who have proved their ability and worth in one of the best leagues in the world.
Their opponents, who have managed to score only four goals in the second half of the Championship, have but a small chance of emerging as victors. Gayle alone has bagged nine goals this season and will cause havoc for the Ipswich defenders on the counter with his pace and skill. Given that he operates as an attacking midfielder, he will look to instigate a break if and when possible.
The 28-year-old is a 7/2 pick to score first in our Ipswich vs West Brom betting tips.
Yet while they are favourites to win, they face a side who have nothing to lose and will want nothing more than to throw the kitchen sink at West Brom and a spanner in their Championship title charge.
In terms of attack, the Tractor Boys have Gwion Edwards leading the line with four goals this season; his most recent onion-bag-locator was a 90th-minute equaliser against Reading.
The forward has a proclivity for crossing the ball well and will be a useful asset for Ipswich during corners and set-piece plays. He is projected to score first, betting at odds of 17/2.
Ipswich vs West Brom head-to-head: (most recent first) Ipswich 1-0 West Brom, Ipswich 1-1 West Brom, Ipswich 0-2 West Brom, Ipswich 2-0 West Brom, Ipswich 4-0 West Brom.
Ipswich vs West Brom predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: West Brom to win 3-1, trading @ 45/1
The first of our Ipswich vs West Brom predictions see our betting tipsters unanimously swaying in the favour of the away team.
A 3-1 pick for the Baggies is the prognosis, considering that Lambert’s men have scored a league-high 28 goals in the second half of the season, while Ipswich have marked up a measly four in the same period.
Combine this with Ipswich’s woeful defensive record, which saw them unable to win in their last five fixtures, the strong forecast of Lambert’s side languishing at the foot of the table with the odds set at 45/1 seems a certainty.
Best bet: Both teams to score, projected @ 17/20
Despite appearing as the superior side, our William Hill traders are not predicting that West Brom will leave Portman Road with a clean sheet. Indeed, the statistics show that the Baggies haven’t been able to so since November 1980, conceding on each of their last 19 trips there.
The Albion men only have one clean sheet to their name in their last five fixtures, proving that while they do possess a stellar attacking line-up, there are still some flaws in their defence, which could turn out to mar an otherwise perfect win for them this Friday.
Scorer tips: Freddy Sears our pick to score first @ 15/2
The last of our Ipswich vs West Brom predictions bets that Freddy Sears will be the first scorer of the game, despite his team ending on the losing side, come the end of the 90 minutes.
Sears has scored in each of his last two League appearances, and while he has never previously netted in three consecutive Championship games, he leads our goalscoring betting tips, with the odds at 15/2.
However, while he may break the scoring bank, this season West Brom have shown the ability to slip into fifth gear when needed, and this game possesses all the hallmarks of a clean sweep for the away team against a struggling Ipswich side.
Ipswich vs West Brom stats: Opta
- Ipswich have won just one of their previous nine league meetings with West Brom (D2 L6), however, this will be the first such clash since January 2010.
- Ipswich are looking for their first league victory at Portman Road since April (1-0 v Barnsley), having failed to win any of their 10 such games since (D7 L3).
- West Brom have scored 37 goals in the Championship this term; the most by a team after 17 games of a second tier campaign since Southampton in 2011-12 (40).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.