VERDICT: Will 55 points be enough for Ipswich Town in ‘bonkers’ Championship?
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It’s difficult to believe, but the battle to stay in the Championship could involve up to 10 teams on the final day.
The Blues have improved markedly since Mick McCarthy took charge and a record of 35 points from 23 games is play-off chasing form.
But they suffered a disastrous start to the campaign meaning they are now engulfed in a relegation battle with a whole host of big names, all the way up to Derby in 12th.
Town’s 10-game run-in is a favourable one with only two teams in the top-six, Hull and Crystal Palace, left to play.
But with an indifferent record against teams in the bottom eight, it is safe to say that there will be a few twists and turns before the final ball is kicked on May 4.
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Blues boss McCarthy gave his verdict on the Championship recently and admitted it was becoming more difficult to predict, year on year.
“I have competed in it as a player, manager and coach a lot and it’s bonkers,” he said.
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“Anyone six points or less clear of the relegation zone will be looking over their shoulders.
“You only have to lose a few games and you can soon spiral down the league.
“If you just take your eye off it, then all of a sudden you start panicking again.”
With the fixtures scrutinised, the Star has today predicted the Blues’ fate as well as an overall final table, based on the results of every team in the bottom 13.
The Blues come out with a total of 55 points, three more than the record total that saw Millwall drop to the third tier in 1996.
But, will that be enough?
To read Chris Brammer’s verdict, where he thinks Town will finish and who are destined for the drop, see today’s Archant publications.