Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday Match Info
Date: Saturday February 2nd 2019
Kick-off time: 3.00pm GMT
Venue: Portman Road, Ipswich
Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday Head-To-Head Record
Last 3 matches
22 Nov 2017 – Ipswich Town 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday – League Championship
06 Mar 2018 – Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich Town – League Championship
25 Aug 2018 – Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Ipswich Town – League Championship
Full head to head record
Ipswich wins: 20
Sheffield Wednesday wins: 19
Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday Stats
- Ipswich have lost six of their last seven matches in all competitions
- Sheffield Wednesday have won just one of their last eight league away matches
- The Owls ran out 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture at Hillsborough
Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday Match Preview
Ipswich Town are facing a real fight to retain their Championship status this season. After long-serving boss Mick McCarthy finally ran out of patience at the club last year they turned to highly-rated Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst in the summer. Unfortunately for Hurst, his time at the club was short and ill-fated and he has since been removed and replaced by Paul Lambert, a former manager of rivals Norwich City.
So far, the experienced Lambert has not managed to turn the fortunes of this struggling side around and with six defeats in their last seven games, the Tractor Boys now seven points adrift from safety at the bottom of the Championship table and confidence seems low among a young squad which lacks experience at this level in areas. After away defeats to Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers they’ll hope to return to home action with a win here at 9/5 with Ladbrokes.
Sheffield Wednesday finally begin life under the guidance of Steve Bruce in this game. The former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss was given the job following the sacking of Jos Luhukay a few short weeks ago but has been allowed to delay his start in the dugout following advice from doctors to rest up after undergoing a serious operation. In his absence, his backroom staff have struggled to get a tune out of a side languishing in the bottom half of the table.
A 12 point gap separating the South Yorkshire side from the bottom three will be encouraging for Bruce as he takes over at Hillsborough but recent form remains below-par, particularly away from home where they have won just one of their last eight games. Last weekend’s defeat at Chelsea saw the Owls bow out of the FA Cup but they’ll be keen to return to the bread and butter of the league with three points here at 17/10 with Paddy Power.
We’re struggling to pick a winner between these two sides. Ipswich can’t afford to drop any points from this tie and they do have the home advantage, but are bottom of the league for a reason and look low on confidence at the moment. Wednesday may need some time to start to get to grips with how Steve Bruce is wanting them to play. As such, we can see the two teams sharing the spoils here at odds of 21/10 with William Hill.
Goals have been at a premium for these two teams this term. Unsurprisingly given their position in the table, Ipswich have the second-worst attacking record in the division and despite possessing a few decent attacking players on paper, Sheffield Wednesday have struggled in front of goal these season too. Under 2.5 goals have been scored in five of the Owls’ last six league matches so we’re backing the same again here at 8/15 with BetVictor.
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