Poor records under scrutiny

ALTHOUGH Ipswich's home form is nothing to shout about they will take heart that Norwich City's away record is pretty abysmal.

Derek Davis

ALTHOUGH Ipswich's home form is nothing to shout about they will take heart that Norwich City's away record is pretty abysmal.

The Canaries have managed just three wins on the road all season, only bottom club Charlton with two, have a worse record.

They have managed just one win in 13 league games away since November 22 and that was at Loftus Road.


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Town are looking for their seventh win at Portman Road in this campaign, they have managed just one in 10 homes since beating Bristol City on December 10, three days after losing at Norwich.

Only Norwich, Blackpool, Southampton and Charlton, have worse home records, and Town lost at both Carrow Road and the Valley, while drawing at St Mary's.

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Town's poor home form has hurt deeply and they are nearer to the bottom five than the top six in terms of points.

Only 11 points separate fifth from bottom Norwich, along with Barnsley and Southampton below them but also have 46 points, while Burnley in sixth place are a 12 points better off than 11th placed Ipswich.

Leaders Wolves are a staggering 26 points higher than Town and could win promotion this weekend at home to QPR.

While Ipswich have nothing to play for except pride, City need the win to pull away from the relegation zone.

With Reading at home next week and then Charlton away on the last day, they know every point will be vital, while Town will see out the season at promotion-chasing Cardiff City and then at home to mid-table rivals Coventry City on the last day of the season.

History favours the home sides in the East Anglian derbies with Town winning 22 while losing just 12, with six draws, of the 40 league meetings at Portman Road between the sides.

Overall Ipswich have won 37 meetings with Norwich victories in 28 league games.

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