Fan preview: Derby v Ipswich and Ipswich v Leicester

Ipswich Town fan and Sir Bobby Robson Lower season ticket holder Rebecca Murphy gives her view on Ipswich’s Easter weekend fixtures.

Ipswich go into the Easter weekend off the back of a 1-0 win at home to Barnsley last Saturday.

With the chances of reaching the play-offs now dead and buried and safety from relegation guaranteed, Ipswich only have pride to play for in the hope that ending this season on a high will stand us in good stead for next season and help boost season ticket sales.

On Saturday Ipswich play Derby at Pride Park, having won 1-0 at Portman Road in December through a Keith Andrews goal in the reverse fixture.

That was the first victory at Portman Road since October and was the second win on the bounce after that infamous 5-3 comeback against Barsnley at Oakwell which ended 7 straight defeats.

Since then Ipswich fans have been able to rejoice that we are no longer in a relegation battle and have enjoyed a too-short lived dream of reaching the play-offs.

Derby, who have won their last three home games, are only one point ahead of Ipswich in the league after suffering a similar up and down and disappointing season.

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Young midfielder Jeff Hendrick will be one to watch, impressing not only with his composure on the ball but also passing ability.

However despite Derby’s recent home form I’m going to go for a 2-1 Town win.

The defence looks the most settled it’s been all season with Smith and Delaney developing a good partnership.

And when will the club hand Smith a new contract?! He’s a 22-year-old academy product who is the future of the club, he’s a strong tackler and he wins almost everything in the air.

Let’s not forget that although he’s a left footer, he is playing on the right side of the partnership.

I don’t see the reason behind Jewell’s appearent problem with the New Zealand international and find it very frustrating, as I’m sure a lot of Ipswich fans also do.

Meanwhile, JET is finally becoming the consistent player we’ve been hoping for all season, he’s making strong runs, stretching the opponents’ defence and is surely soon going to score a few goals, a wonder goal must be coming!

He is definitely going to be a key player for us next season and possibly of of the most exciting in the Championship.

Easter Monday sees Leicester visit Portman Road, the game at the Walkers Stadium on Boxing Day was a 1-1 draw.

This will be an interesting match, both teams spent big over the summer and brought in a huge number of players.

Leicester were even early favourites for automatic promotion, but now currently sit one point and two places above Ipswich.

Again I’m going for a Town win – at the moment we look settled at home, having won three of the last four.

However leading Foxes scorer David Nugent loves playing against Town, and although I’m not a big fan of his, this season he has been a very good and dangerous player.

Chopra however, is still looking for six goals to get his 20-goal-a season target, so he’ll be a threat.

Finally, in the six remaining games of this season let’s hope we see Luke Hyam and Josh Carson start some games or at least make an appearance off the bench.

It would please the fans to see these youngsters who really deserve a chance and with nothing to play for there is no better chance than now to let them shine.

We know what Bowyer can do as a player and if he is not going to be offered a contract next season, then surely Hyam should be given a chance?

- What do you think? Agree with Becky? Leave a comment below!

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