It hasn’t been a great campaign for either of these sides so far. Two reasonably big clubs which both have graced the Premier League now find themselves in a worryingly precarious position in the second tier of the English game and they will be desperate to improve their situation when they go head-to-head with each other at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon.
On paper these two sides are pretty evenly matched and this is reflected in their league positions in the Championship where they both sit level on 45 points, just five points above the relegation zone as things stand. Birmingham City’s away record makes for depressing reading however and this will be of major concern to Blues boss Gianfranco Zola ahead of this match.
The West Midlands side have managed a measly two wins in their last sixteen competitive games away from St Andrews and we don’t fancy their chances of grabbing themselves a third when they face an Ipswich Town outfit which have been pretty solid at Portman Road this season. The Tractorboys have suffered just a single defeat in their last eight games on home turf and whilst they went down 3-1 at Cardiff City in their last outing, we see no reason why they can’t bounce back by collecting three much-needed points in front of their own fans on Saturday afternoon.
Indeed the visitors have been struggling for goals recently with just two in their last four outings and while the hosts have been less-than-solid at the back in recent outings, we feel that the Blues will struggle to find a way past the Ipswich Town defence this weekend.