Ipswich Town to win at Fulham a good value bet today? Cottagers are stumbling

Brett Pitman celebrates scoring in Ipswich Town's 2-1 win at Fulham last season. Photo: PAGEPIX

Brett Pitman celebrates scoring in Ipswich Town's 2-1 win at Fulham last season. Photo: PAGEPIX

Ipswich Town take on Fulham, at Craven Cottage, this afternoon (3pm). Here’s all you know about value bets, opposition key man and the referee.

Betting

Fulham (4/7)

Draw (10/3)

Ipswich Town (6/1)

Ipswich to win 2-1 – (20/1 with Betfair)

The Blues have won 2-1 on their last two visits to Craven Cottage. They may be underdogs on this occasion, but Fulham slipped up against Wolves (3-1 defeat) and Blackburn (2-2) on their last two home outings. They have the least number of home wins out of the division’s top 11 teams and looked listless in their midweek 4-2 defeat at Derby.

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Slavisa Jokanovic’s men are feeling the pressure of making the play-offs, while the heat is off Town following their midweek win.

Freddie Sears first goalscorer – (11/1 with BetVictor)

Restored to his favoured striker role, Sears bagged a brace in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Wigan. He netted with just 16 seconds on the clock at Craven Cottage last season. Confidence will be high.

Both teams to score – (Evens with Unibet)

Fulham pose a major threat when they get their passing game going – as seen on Boxing Day at Portman Road. They also leave gaps at the back and have conceded the most home goals out of anyone in the top half. Back both to score in an accumulator.

Key opposition man

Chris Martin

The Beccles-born striker refused to play for Fulham at the end of December when trying engineer a return to parent club Derby, but the Cottagers dug their heels in.

The 28-year-old former Norwich City man is, as you’d expect, not a popular figure at Craven Cottage but Slavisa Jokaonvic continues to use him.

On his day he’s as good a physical front man in the division.

Referee

Geoff Eltringham (Durham)

Games: 35, Yellows: 99, Reds: 5