Ipswich Town Fans’ Jury: Big-spending Sheffield Wednesday there for the taking as Blues look for back-to-back wins
PUBLISHED: 12:11 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 06 March 2018
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We have assembled a group of Town fans to predict the outcome of Ipswich games and have their say on what’s going on at Portman Road.
Every week, our panel of Ipswich Town fans will make their predictions ahead of the Blues’ latest game, with three points awarded for a correct scoreline and one point given for a correct outcome.
We’ll keep a league table along the way, before crowning a winner at the end of the season.
Sheffield Wednesday are in freefall (I’ll be hugely disappointed if no one else uses that word in their prediction summary) and Ipswich are facing the Owls at the right time. Wednesday were hammered 4-0 away to Bristol City last weekend, whilst the Town players were putting their feet up.
Ipswich haven’t lost at Hillsborough since April 2007 and I expect that trend to carry on. The Blues won’t have it all their own way and I can see yet another 1-1 draw between the two sides. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Ipswich Town
What on earth has happened to Sheffield Wednesday? The Owls have been a potent threat in the Championship for the past 2 seasons, with a squad that a lot of manager’s would love to have at their disposal, but have been in absolute free-fall since being knocked out of the playoffs by Huddersfield last May.
The Decision to sack Carlos Carvalhal and replace him with Jos Luhukay has turned out to be a massive mistake, with the former since rejuvenating Swansea City in their relegation battle. Wednesday do still possess the ability to be able to match any team in the division on their day, especially with the sheer number of quality players in their squad, so Town need to show their hosts a lot of respect on Tuesday night.
Nevertheless, this a great opportunity to take advantage of a wounded animal and go up to South Yorkshire with confidence of returning with 3 points. Historically, Town have a good record at Hillsborough, and recent away form has been a small silver lining for the Blues. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Town win this game but I’m going for the Owls to hold us to a point, especially with them desperately needing a response from Saturday’s embarrassment at Bristol City. A common score draw is the way I’m going, something that has been a regular occurrence on our recent trips to Hillsborough. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Ipswich Town
Hopefully the snow has helped us out a bit by allowing more time for Garner and Carayol to recover! I really hope to see these two involved in the match.
Sheffield Wednesday haven’t beaten us at Hillsborough for a few years and Mick has a great record there. They have let a few goals in recently so let’s hope we can keep it that way! I think we can do it, 1-2 Ipswich win. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich Town
Not much separates these two sides expect for the fact Ipswich Town have a better points tally.
Both sets of fans will probably be happy for a draw and for no more injuries for the home and away team.
A win though, and maybe town fans can start dreaming... we’re currently (just!) nine points off the play offs. 2-1 to Ipswich - as Mick McCarthy looks to get back to back wins for the first time this year. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich Town
For much of this season, Wednesday’s form has been implausible, given the expense lavished on the squad and their excellent form over the previous two years.
Yet, only the lamentable Sunderland have fared worse over the last ten games. By contrast, Town look to have found a way to pick up points away from home in the last month.
It has been a common theme for McCarthy to focus away performances on nullifying the opposition, yet the home sides woes, allied with the fresh legs that an unexpected extra three days rest have brought, may make this a better opportunity for three points than Saturdays match with Sheffield United. McCarthy could therefore opt for both Celina and Carayol to start, as Town look to extend their good recent record at Hillsborough. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich Town
The postponement of the Hull game has probably changed Mick’s plans to tonight’s game with Sheffield Wednesday quite considerably - we have seen a few times already this season multiple changes in midweek games and I thought this would be no different. However, with Hull being cancelled and Town coming off a ten day break I can see Mick starting this latest run of 5 games in two weeks with a strong side, especially give Wednesday took a 4-0 beating just 3 days ago down in Bristol.
Wednesday are having a poor season and given their resources should be far higher, they are still adjusting to a new manager, and usually troublesome opponents Hooper and Bannan are not likely to feature. If the Hull game had happened I’d be predicting a draw, but I’m going to be bold and go for an Ipswich win. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Ipswich Town
Wednesday are on a poor run of form and Mick McCarthy has discovered (stumbled upon?) a style that seems to be producing better football and offering more of a goal threat, whilst looking solid at the back. Cameron Carter-Vickers has been extremely impressive since signing on loan, and Adam Webster has been showing flashes of the player he can be with 3 across the back, playing as a genuine back 3 and not a back 5.
Hopefully the team that started at Preston will start again, and between Carayol, Waghorn and Garner there is another firepower in the team to see of a Sheffield Wednesday side that are dropping like a stone and seem to be in real danger of being dragged into the relegation fight.
The play offs seem out of reach for ITFC, but a good run over the next few where there are some very winnable games could keep the season alive a few weeks longer. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich Town
I was disappointed the Hull game was called off on Saturday because I was hoping Town would be able to carry over the momentum from the good win at Preston the week before.
Hopefully the day spent training and time off with their families will have helped and they’ll come back tonight raring to go.
Sheffield Wednesday seem to be shipping goals at the moment, so that gives me a little hope - I’m going for a sneaky 1-0 win with Waghorn to score as he’s come so close in recent games! Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Ipswich Town
José López Lerena
After the game against Hull City was called off due the Beast from the East last Saturday, is time to strike back as Ipswich Town are traveling to South Yorkshire to face Sheffield Wednesday!
The Owls are currently in a poor situation after suffering four defeats in a row in the last couple of weeks (Bristol, Swansea, Villa and Millwall) and based on the 17th position with just seven points above the cliff to the League One -What a crazy league-. In our case, apart from our last defeat against the snow and freezing conditions, we managed to get a win over Preston North End.
If we repeat the same performance fixing minor mistakes, we should be able to bring back to Suffolk the whole three points! My prediction is a 2-0 win for the Tractor Boys (Celina and Garner)! COYB! Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Ipswich Town
It really is difficult to know where to start with Ipswich.
Just when we thought that you could half predict what was round the corner they pull out a rather impressive away victory away at Preston.
It has almost got to the point whereby I stop predicting seriously and start predicting defeats because I’m nearly always wrong.
However, I won’t start that here. Sheffield Wednesday have a horrible injury list, their supporters appear to fear the drop and our record there is excellent. Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Ipswich