Ipswich manager Paul Hurst

Ipswich vs Middlesbrough: Tractor Boys are value pick

Kick-off: 1945, 02/10/2018

Stadium: Portman Road

TV: Sky Sports

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What Trueform says for Ipswich vs Middlesbrough

Ipswich may be at the wrong end of the Championship table, but they are rated a value bet to beat Middlesbrough, judged on our Trueform chart.

The Tractor Boys have only lost one of their last four matches and are unbeaten in five league games at Portman Road this term.

All of those home fixtures have been drawn, but 11/4 for a welcome first win is too tempting to turn down for our initial Ipswich vs Middlesbrough prediction.

A Look At Ipswich Town’s Betting Odds

Ipswich looked on course to secure a maiden success when going 2-0 up at Birmingham on Saturday, through strikes from Jon Nolan and Matthew Pennington.

However, a brace from Lukas Jutkiewicz forced them to settle for a share of the spoils for the third straight match, while Pennington was dismissed late on.

Town boss Paul Hurst said: “There were a lot of positives to take from the game and leading 2-0 at the break was very promising.

“My lads can take credit from the way we remained strong and picked up another good point and moved up another place.

“There are some players who are deflated, but they did well to survive a late bombardment with some last-ditch defending.”

The Tractor Boys have also held their own against promotion hopefuls Aston Villa and Brentford, as well as in the derby clash with Norwich, so they have been knocking on the door for some time.

Looking at the Ipswich vs Middlesbrough odds, we like 21/4 for Town to lead at half-time and full-time here.

A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds

Middlesbrough are going along nicely in third place but they have just been struggling to hit the target in this competition in recent weeks.

Boro were held to a goalless stalemate at home to Swansea and then drew 1-1 at Hull, with Britt Assombalonga’s 51st-minute strike cancelled out by a Jarrod Bowen penalty.

“We need to get more goals,” said Tony Pulis. “We have to take the chances in the final third and be more clinical.

“After we got that first goal, we had chances to get more and take the game, but we didn’t.”

Hull also had chances, though, and Bowen should have put the hosts in front after just four minutes but somehow put his header wide.

Boro lost 1-0 to Norwich on a recent trip to East Anglia and we’re taking 35/4 for a repeat of that scoreline to finish off our Ipswich vs Middlesbrough betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

Birmingham 2-2 IPSWICH – Jon Nolan, Matthew Pennington

Hull 1-1 MIDDLESBROUGH – Britt Assombalonga

Head-to-head: Ipswich 2-2 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 2-0 Ipswich, Middlesbrough 0-0 Ipswich, Ipswich 0-2 Middlesbrough

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