Newcastle United were pretty confident about their chances of securing promotion back to the Premier League over the Easter weekend but their chances of achieving this were dealt a blow by Leeds United at St James’ Park on Friday. The Magpies put in one of their best performances of the season but couldn’t get one over on a determined Leeds United side and had to settle for a draw in front of the disappointed home fans.
With Brighton & Hove Albion winning their clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, a gap of four points exists between the table-topping Seagulls and Newcastle, something which Rafael Benitez will be eager to rectify this afternoon.
Realistically there remains little chance that third-placed Huddersfield Town will catch the Magpies in the fight for the second automatic promotion place given that they sit eight points off the pace, however the Terriers enjoy a game-in-hand and should they put this to good use, then things might become much less clear-cut.
Indeed with Newcastle United winning just two of their last seven Championship games (these being against relegation-threatened Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic), there will be a few anxious faces in the away end at Portman Road this afternoon.
OK so defeat to Ipswich Town would appear unlikely although the Tractor Boys will be confident of managing something from their efforts. The hosts have managed no less than sixteen games so far this season and the odds make backing such an outcome pretty tempting based on this statistic.