Ipswich Town Fans’ Jury: Optimism, fear, bold predictions and heart over head... mixed bag ahead of Norwich

Jonas Knudsen celebrates his goal at Carrow Road last season. Picture Pagepix

Jonas Knudsen celebrates his goal at Carrow Road last season. Picture Pagepix

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 predictions league standings

The predictions league standings - 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.

Benjamin Bloom

A great man once said, ‘Catch the train to London, stopping at rejection, disappointment, and shattered dreams parkway’ - that man was Norwich’s greatest export, Alan Partridge, and although he’s talking about London, he pretty much sums up all my trips to watch Ipswich play at Norwich!

I want Ipswich to win this game more than any other this season, but we have to predict what we think is going to happen not what we want to happen - I think Mick can pull out a clean sheet and a draw at best, as usual I hope I’m wrong... Prediction: Norwich City 0-0 Ipswich Town

Joe Fairs

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Time for the heart to rule the head....!

Whilst Norwich seem to be coming into a bit of form they are a side that scores very few goals and for all the ascendancy they seem to think they have, the league table places them below us.

The key will be keeping James Maddison quiet who is their only source of goals and assists, and hoping player like Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn who have experience of the Old Firm can fire us to victory. I wouldn’t say I’m particularly confident in this prediction, but a moment of magic from Bersant Celina and a set piece goal from one of Martyn Waghorn’s pinpoint deliveries will be enough to give us our first victory over Norwich since 2009! Prediction: Norwich City 1-2 Ipswich Town

Mustapha Carayol takes to the pitch as he comes on as a substitute. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Mustapha Carayol takes to the pitch as he comes on as a substitute. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Seán Salter

Following on from last week’s “big game” Town face an even bigger test on Sunday at Carrow Road. Thankfully the form book goes out the window in derby matches and with both teams in mid-table, this game is too close to call.

It’s been a long time since Town tasted victory in Norfolk, in fact Tony Blair was Prime Minister when the Blues last came home triumphant. Sadly I don’t expect this to change at the weekend.

I expect Bialkowski to be the busier of the two keepers and he could again be the difference between Town drawing or losing.

Heart says 4-2 win to Town but my head has overruled it. Prediction: Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town

Amy Downes

I can’t believe it’s nine years since we beat Norwich, I remember the third goal as clear as anything. I actually think that in recent years, though we’ve not beaten them, we’ve always played fairly well in the derbies - especially against them in the play-offs.

I’m incredibly nervous about Sunday and about predicting a score for the game - I’d never predict us to lose this one, so I’ll go with a nervy one-all draw. I think that’s what McCarthy will be aiming for and I’d definitely take a point. Prediction Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town

Kate Riley

Things couldn’t be tighter between us and our fiercest rivals to the north, Norwich. I’d like to be more positive but this is a derby and having reported on my fair share, anything can happen on Sunday; especially when we’re away at Carrow Road.

I was hoping we’d be full of confidence after a win against Burton but with the lack of goals in that one, this is therefore a concern going into this match.

I’ll be pleasantly surprised with a Town win but I’m not optimistic. Town to lose. Prediction: Norwich City 2-0 Ipswich Town

Alistair Rattray

It probably says much about the current fortunes of both clubs that a positive result in this mid-February Derby may be the highlight of whats left of this season.

Norwich come into the game having made good progress across some tricky recent fixtures. It is in contrast to Town, whose recent form has been less than spectacular and last weekends drab goalless draw with Burton could not have been worse preparation.

Our recent record in the Derby, alongside our recent form and Norwich’s home advantage would seem to give the Norfolk side the edge. If Town could recover some of their more effervescent form of early in the season, it might offer an opportunity, but it seems inevitable that Mick McCarthy will set his side up to frustrate and look to snatch a winner from a set piece or on the break. It’s a tactic that hasn’t been particularly successful this season. Lets hope that this one bucks the trend. Prediction: Norwich City 2-0 Ipswich Town

Kieren Standley

The East Anglian Derby fills me more with dread than excitement nowadays. Earlier in the season, I was quietly confident that it was only a matter of time before Town snapped this horrific winless streak against Norwich, with it seeming like more of a level playing field for the first time in years, but now I’m worried that we may see the tenth meeting between the sides since our last win follow a similar trend.

Had we beaten Burton last Saturday, I think there would have been a little air of optimism going up to Carrow Road off the back of a couple of wins but the inability to dispatch a poor side has really raised alarm bells. The Canaries have become incredibly strong defensively under Daniel Farke, something that doesn’t bode well for our current goal-scoring woes. Pair that with superstar Midfielder James Maddison and the noisy neighbours become a daunting proposition.

Norwich are not infallible though, particularly at home, so there’s reason to suggest Town may relish the opportunity to escape the toxic coliseum that Portman Road has become in recent weeks and go up to the A140 with a massive point to prove. Purely out of principal, I simply can not predict a defeat for Town. I’m not confident of a win and although a draw would mean yet another season without a derby victory, I don’t necessarily believe it would be a bad result for the Blues. Prediction: Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy, pictured with Norwich boss Daniel Farke in October, has yet to w

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy, pictured with Norwich boss Daniel Farke in October, has yet to win an East Anglian Derby. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jack Prentice

A couple of weeks ago the word I used above all to describe Ipswich Town’s season was “inconsistency”. Boy have the previous two matches proved that. A decent performance and win at Sunderland was followed up by a limp performance and match reports that left me glad I had other commitments that Saturday. On a side note, they have made me look foolish in the predictions league the EADT runs.

To the small matter of the East Anglian derby and it’s another tough one to call. While it’s impossible to predict which Ipswich will turn up on Sunday, Norwich have been in good form despite the fact they still struggle to score goals at home. The Farke Revolution has seen better performances away from home, though it does look to have some still untapped potential.

I can see another Derby Day draw on the cards, although frankly nothing would surprise me either way. Prediction: Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town

James Maddison of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship matc

James Maddison of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 22/10/2017 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

José López Lerena

We are just two days away from the big day! The East Anglian Derby is back this Sunday as we travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City!

There’s loads and loads to say about the Derby and plenty of views about what the result and performance will be. Perhaps it seems like we are not in the best moment to face the Canaries after last Saturday 0-0 draw but I am sure we will see an absolutely different game and performance…

We desperately need to win up the road to go back to the winning ways, stay above them in the table and end no with before the 9 derbies undefeated for Norwich… My predictions for next Sunday game it’s a 1-1 draw (Knudsen)! Hopefully we will get the 3 points! Come On Ipswich! COYB! Prediction: Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town

Giovani Dos Santos celebrates his goal the last time Ipswich beat Norwich back in 2009. Picture: A

Giovani Dos Santos celebrates his goal the last time Ipswich beat Norwich back in 2009. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Katy Sealy

Is it time for Mick’s first East Anglian Derby triumph? We all hope so and we are certainly due a win after so many years of disappoinment.

These matches are so hard to predict and I really hope our players can rise to the occasion and give us something to smile about.

I’m going for a draw but if Town prove me wrong I’ll happily go to training in Norwich next week chanting “we’ve got Joey Garner” and wearing blue! Prediction: Norwich City 1-1 Ipswich Town (Joe Garner with the goal)