Ipswich Town v Birmingham City: Betting – punters backing an opening day draw

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy was fuming after the 6-1 defeat to Charlton. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy was fuming after the 6-1 defeat to Charlton. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

Most punters fancy a draw in the opening Championship clash of the season for Ipswich Town against Birmingham City at Portman Road this afternoon (3pm).

Mick McCarthy’s rebuilt squad are the betting favourites with most bookies, with odds mostly in the 6/4 and 7/5 range, while Harry Redknapp’s Blues are 2/1 for the win with most betting outlets.

A share of the spoils to start the season is priced at anything from 11/5 to 23/10 – and that’s where most of the money is going, according to Oddschecker.

Around 48% of bets placed are on the draw, while 38% are backing Birmingham to win.

Just 14% of punters are putting their money on Town for the victory, which is perhaps no surprise given that the Blues are one of the pre-season favourites for relegation.

In terms of first goalscorer, Joe Garner leads that market for Town with most odds ranging between 5/1 and 6/1. David McGoldrick (6/1 best odds) and Freddie Sears (6/1) are second and third behind the former Rangers man.


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