Does it really surprise anyone that Ipswich are currently bang in the middle of the table, with 41 goals scored and 40 conceded? Of course it doesn’t, it’s par for the course for a Mick McCarthy side. That’s not a dig at McCarthy or Ipswich either, you know what you’re going to get with him, mediocrity. It’s an uninspiring, safety-first brand of football which, unless you’re challenging for promotion, starts to wear thin after a while. Unfortunately, we’re going to be subjected to such football for 90 minutes this weekend, we can only hope Nuno has a plan to avoid being dragged down to Mick’s level. Odds are taken from SkyBet.
Both teams to score and Wolves to win.
I think there’s been far too much focus on our recent run of form. There have been some seriously cherry-picked statistics thrown out there to further prove that we’re having a so-called blip and it almost seems like there’s a section of Wolves fans who actually want us to slip up. One thing that hasn’t changed in our last few matches has been the solid defence on which Nuno has built this team. Forest may have scored twice at Molineux, but it took an effort from the edge of the box which took about 45 deflections before ending up in the back of the net and a chance which, although was finished well, wasn’t particularly glaring of us to give up. The problems are at the other end so I’m hoping Nuno sees it as a good time to start rotating the front 3.
Ideally, we’ll see one of Jota or Cavaleiro start as the central forward against Ipswich. As good as Bonatini has been this season he’s looked miles off in the last few weeks. Jota and Cavaleiro offer something different to Bonatini, when Leo comes deep he tends to play with his back to goal which is helpful because he can bring midfield runners into play. But with Jota or Cavaleiro the Centre-Back can’t stay so tight to them because both have the ability to turn on a dime, with the defender sitting off slightly it means they can receive the ball, turn, and run at the defence. Having a more mobile threat centrally should hopefully open up some gaps in what I can only assume will be a low Ipswich block. Both teams to score and Wolves win is 11/4.
Ipswich most booking points.
Shock horror, a Mick McCarthy side lacks discipline. 56 yellows this season tell a tale, that’s the 3rd most in the league behind only Bolton and Preston. You can guarantee he’s going to set Ipswich up to frustrate and be physical with us, that’ll come with the threat of multiple yellow cards. On a related note, if there was a “Diogo Jota season ending injury” market I’d be lumping on that each week. The lack of protection he gets from referees is making me miss the days of Milijas being sent off at Arsenal and Frank Lampard somehow escaping a red at Molineux in the Prem. Ipswich most booking points is 11/8 (somehow).