Ipswich Town v Barnsley Preview

October 31, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new English Championship action Friday Night comes from Portman Road Stadium and features Ipswich Town versus Barnsley.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Ipswich Town v Barnsley Preview, Championship, Friday 1st November 2013

Mick McCarthy is being wildly touted as the next Republic of Ireland boss which is currently vacant but the ex Wolves manager insists he is 100% focused on Ipswich Town and grabbing the results needed to progress. McCarthy is also happy with the result last Saturday against Bolton Wanderers as the game dragged on for an hour before any goals were seen, and with conceding first he was pleased to see his team fight back with a well deserved equalizer 10 minutes later as McGoldrick found the net in the 73rd minute with the game then ended one a piece.

With loan keeper Jack Butland playing his football in the Championship he does not feel it is hampering his chances of an England call up as current number 1 choice Joe Hart continues to make blunders at Manchester City who also was dropped for the midweek game against Arsenal. The young keeper is very excited and looks forward to one day playing for his country and also being a first choice keeper at Stoke City, but while Asmir Begovic is playing so well Butland’s chances are far and between and has little option that to play his games out on loan.

Ipswich Town v Barnsley Team News

Ipswich Town Team News:

Mick McCarthy had no choice recently but to recall striker Paul Taylor from his month long loan at Peterborough and could be thrown straight into the starting lineup as Ipswich look to bolster their scoring chances. More good news for the former Wolves boss as Dean Gerken and striker Daryl Murphy shook off knocks received at Bolton on Saturday and both look set to start come Friday night.

Barnsley Team News:

Barnsley have a couple of injury woes with winger Paddy McCourt doubtful for Fridays game after suffering a gluteal injury against Sheffield Wednesday which would open the doors for Kelvin Etuhu to make his first start since the end of September. No other major injury news for Barnsley boss David Flitcroft with the exception of Luke Steele and Peter Ramage which were already known but it is also good to hear Lewin Nyatanga could be back soon as he looks to build up match fitness after being out for so long due to a long term knee issue.

Ipswich Town v Barnsley Head to Head Statistics

Ipswich Town are the side who have the advantage here with a couple of wins mixed in with the multiple one all draws. By the look of it goals are something rarely seen by these two sides but then all of a sudden you a see a shock result like the Ipswich 5 – 3 win back in 2011 which was away from home.

19/01/13 CHA Ipswich Town – Barnsley 1 : 1
29/09/12 CHA Barnsley – Ipswich Town 1 : 1
31/03/12 CHA Ipswich Town – Barnsley 1 : 0
10/12/11 CHA Barnsley – Ipswich Town
3 : 5
12/02/11 CHA Barnsley – Ipswich Town 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the last 5 head to head encounters we have counted 15 goals scored which gives us an average of 3 goals per game, but we also need to take into consideration that 8 of them goals came in one game back in 2011  where Ipswich Town demolished Barnsley 5 goals to 3.

Ipswich Town v Barnsley Recent Form (Left to Right)

Ipswich Town: D L D D W

Barnsley: D W L D L

The form results are pretty even with Ipswich slightly the better having drawn the extra game where as Barnsley lost. So in regards to form the home side here will have the slight edge and if you also consider the head to head statistics you can also see that they have the better results when facing Barnsley.

Ipswich Town v Barnsley Match Betting Odds Market.

Ipswich Town are the favourites here being at home and also not losing to Barnsley in a since 2009 with the best odds found here 8/11 with Ladbrokes – £30 Free Bets when Registering a New Account.

The Draw is a very good option here as it has been a common result between these two Championship sides for some time, the best odds are coming in @ 3/1 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

Barnsley are not given much hope of a winning result here by the bookmakers, with the odds sitting @ 9/2 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account..

Ipswich Town v Barnsley Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Ipswich Town here are the more likely to earn you some hard earned cash but your options could also include a draw which is a result commonly seen between these two Championship sides. But for me I am going for a 2 – 1 win by the home side which I feel could well be a serious option. The other prediction I am going for is both teams to score NO which is coming in at EVENS at Betfred.

The Verdict

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