Ipswich Town fans expect a relegation battle in 2017/18

Mick McCarthy's side are second favourites for the drop next season

Mick McCarthy's side are second favourites for the drop next season - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town fans are already bracing themselves for a relegation battle next season.

With the Blues (3-1) joint second favourites with Sky Bet to get relegated from the Championship in 2017/18, behind only Burton Albion and Barnsley (both 15-8), the signs are grim.

Indeed, nothing major is expected to change at the club over this all-important summer, with boss Mick McCarthy set to see out the last year of his contract and do battle once more with a very limited transfer budget.

And in an online poll run by the EADT and Star, which has attracted more 2,600 votes, fans seem to be fearing the worst.

29% of voters predicted that Town will ‘just survive after a relegation battle’, with a further 28% predicting a drop into League One.

24% are expecting a bottom half finish, with just 11% seeing Town end up in the top half of the league in 20178/18.

There are some optimists though - 4% each tipping Town to finish in the top six and top two respectively.