Can Town make playoff push?

WITH 12 games to go in the regular season Ipswich Town are still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs - and after that who knows?

Derek Davis

WITH 12 games to go in the regular season Ipswich Town are still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs - and after that who knows? But it is going to take some big wins to make it happen.

Here EADT football writer DEREK DAVIS looks at the games coming up.

Preston (a) A win at Deepdale will catapult Ipswich above a Preston side who lost at troubled Southampton on Saturday but have the joint best home record in the Championship. Town go on a high and with a better away record than last season so could nick a point.


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Prediction: Draw

Southampton (h) The Saints are in trouble for a reason and Town showed against Forest they can win ugly against the strugglers.

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Prediction: Win

Wolves (a) Although they are four points clear at the top Mick McCarthy's men have lost than invincibility and are stuttering.

Prediction: Draw

Reading (a) The Royals will be aching for revenge after Town triumphed 2-0 at Portman Road and Steve Coppell's side could well be going for top spot by then.

Prediction: Lose

Burnley (h) Another play-off rival but one that have slipped away from the pace and a team Town will be looking to double.

Prediction: Win

Watford (h) A change of manager has worked wonders at Watford who are sorting things out on and off the pitch but Town should be able to contain them.

Prediction: Draw

Sheffield United (a) Not scoring as fluently with James Beattie and could be feeling the pressure at home, which Town can exploit.

Prediction: Draw

Doncaster Rovers (h) Gave Ipswich a bloody nose at their place and Town will need to avenge that. Not as low as they were but Rovers area side the Blues should send packing.

Prediction: Win

Bristol City (a) If Gary Johnson's side maintain the form they are showing right now they will be shoe-ins for the top six and Town have struggled at Ashton Gate in the past.

Prediction: Lose

Norwich City (h) It would be bad enough to drop points at home against this lot at any time but with promotion and relegation probably at stake they need to win.

Prediction win

Cardiff City (a) Crunch time for both but if the Bluebirds win their games in hand they could be home dry by then. Tough place to go at any time and it could be a Swansea all over again.

Prediction lose

Coventry City (h) All set up for final day drama with Town needing to win but also relying on results elsewhere.

Prediction win

TOTAL 69 POINTS

(N) DO you agree with Derek's view on Town's outstanding fixtures? Or is he being too generous? Or perhaps not generous enough. Let us know: sport@eadt.co.uk

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