Ipswich Town Fans’ Jury: Can Blues end a tough week with victory at Bristol City?

Town manager Mick McCarthy and his players leave the pitch following a huddle after the 3-0 defeat t

Town manager Mick McCarthy and his players leave the pitch following a huddle after the 3-0 defeat to Hull on Tuesday. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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.

The Fans' Jury standings ahead of Ipswich Town's visit to Bristol City.

The Fans' Jury standings ahead of Ipswich Town's visit to Bristol City. - Credit: Archant

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.

Katy Sealy

Bristol City will want to use their home advantage to collect points and keep the pressure on the top six.

However, Town are in good form away from home and I think we will put up a good fight. As long as we don’t let them take control of the game or concede too early on I think we can get something. I have a feeling there will be goals so I’m going for 2-2. Prediction: Bristol City 2-2 Ipswich Town

Kate Riley

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With Ipswich away from home, we’ve got to fancy them to win and take three points back to Suffolk.

After our midweek shambles, Mick and the fans are looking for a reaction. I think we’ll get one and continue our impressive away form. Prediction: Bristol City 1-2 Ipswich Town

Jack Prentice

Well, the only two positives I can take from Tuesday night was the league debut of Ben Morris, and that I was the only person to pick up points in the EADT Prediction league. You can probably guess how long it took me to find them.

Tuesday night was toxic and I’m glad we’re away from home, as are probably the players and definitely the management. Criticism has been justified largely this season even if I personally do not agree with booing during the match.

We’re fortunate to be coming up against a Bristol City team that have risen and are now falling as Lee Johnson teams appear to do. The Robins were scintillating in the first half of the season, but in the second half it all appears to have gone to pot with just two wins in 16 league games. From second in the table around Christmas, they’ve fallen three points outside the play-offs. Our away is as good as our home form is turgid, so with that in mind, I see a draw in the offing. Prediction: Bristol City 1-1 Ipswich Town

José López Lerena

Just nine more games until the end of the season… After the disappointing night at Portman Road when we faced Hull City last Tuesday, it’s time to be back in action as Ipswich Town are traveling to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City!

It’s going to be a very tricky game for the Blues as the The Robins are currently 8th in the Championship and we are feeling a bit low of morale and powe Once again it seems like this ship is starting to sink in the middle of a storm… However it’s going to be a very different game!

Despite all the negativity I think we will be alright and we will manage to bring a point to Suffolk from Bristol! Therefore my prediction is 1-1 and Celina to score the equaliser! Safe travel to the Blue Army! COYB! Prediction: Bristol City 1-1 Ipswich Town

Alistair Rattray

Only a week ago, Mick McCarthy was coming into two winnable home games on the back of an upturn in away form. Fast forward a week and a single point, misjudged tactics, no goals and an antagonised fan base have left the clubs relationship with its fans at another low point.

The players will no doubt welcome the opportunity to escape from Portman Road, but it will be a challenge for McCarthy to raise the confidence of the side after the last week- something that his on-pitch huddle after the Hull City loss perhaps recognised.

Bristol City have seen something of a drop in form in recent times, but their home form has remained relatively consistent and they will view this as an opportunity to keep their play-off push on track. The loss of Joe Garner across the rest of the season will limit options, but Ipswich will surely look to Martyn Waghorn as the lone forward, in a return to the setup that saw improvement away from home. However, in current circumstances, getting a result will be a tough ask. Prediction: Bristol City 2-0 Ipswich Town

Seán Salter

It’s hard to think how the players are going to pick themselves up after Tuesday night’s horror show. McCarthy’s public display of unity against Hull only helps to create a divide between him and the fans, so it’s probably a positive that Town are away.

Despite not scoring in 5 consecutive home matches our recent away record has been quite good. However I feel McCarthy will have instilled a siege mentality into his side and I can see Town batten down the hatches against the Robins. Prediction: Bristol City 0-0 Ipswich Town

Kieren Standley

This is the most frustrating time to be an Ipswich Fan that I can remember in my lifetime. This past week has certainly been one to forget and now we face a Bristol City side that are likely to add to the misery.

Yes, we are on a good run away from home, and Aden Flint being suspended will help, but I can’t see Town coming away from Ashton Gate with anything while confidence is at an all time low.

Mick will demand a response from his players after the embarrassment against Hull but I think this trip to the West Country will be just another bridge too far. Prediction: Bristol City 2-1 Ipswich Town

Cole Skuse returns to former club Bristol City this weekend. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Cole Skuse returns to former club Bristol City this weekend. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Joe Fairs

Ipswich will bounce back from two disappointing results at Portman Road with a draw at Ashton Gate. Our away form has generally been good and I imagine we will revert to three at the back.

The negative atmosphere at Portman Road didn’t help on Tuesday, and the players will be glad to be playing away from home - hopefully the players will show some fight for Mick McCarthy who they seem to still be backing. Prediction: Bristol City 1-1 Ipswich Town

Amy Downes

A difficult one to predict this, Bristol clearly having a good season and I’m pleased for them. Whereas we hit a real low point on Tuesday on and off the pitch.

That said, we’re in good form away from home and if Skuse plays I can see him performing well at his old stomping ground - in my humble opinion, when Skuse plays well, our whole team plays well.

I’d love to say we will sneak a win but, to be honest, I think I’m being pretty optimistic going for a draw. 1-1 - we will go one ahead and then concede. Prediction: Bristol City 1-1 Ipswich Town

Town manager Mick McCarthy was defiant following his side's loss to Hull. Picture: Steve Waller

Town manager Mick McCarthy was defiant following his side's loss to Hull. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Benjamin Bloom

On Tuesday against Hull Portman Road was a very uncomfortable place to be so it’s probably a good thing that the next two games are away from home.

Along with many I found Mick’s decision to return to a back four strange and I found his midfield three even stranger. A lot of fans labelled the 3-5-2 too defensive but I’d very much like to see it back in action at Ashton Gate on Saturday, however those that think Mick likes to match up with the opposition know City will play a 4-4-2 and think it unlikely!!

Since losing to Wolves on boxing day Bristol City have won only two in sixteen games and are without Aden Flint who has been a standout player for them the past few seasons. I hope we can go back to the tight unit we looked prior to Tuesday and perhaps the sight of Skuse, Webster and Waghorn back in the starting XI would help with that. My fingers are crossed it’ll be the other way around but I’ll go for a 1-0 to The Robins. Prediction: Bristol City 1-0 Ipswich Town