Southampton travel to Ipswich hoping to keep up their 100% start to life back in the Championship with another three points.
They managed to beat Leeds United 3-1 on the opening day and on Saturday came away from Barnsley with a 1-0 win.
As is often the case, promoted sides tend to start the year brightly, due to the momentum they carry through from their successful campaign in the lower league. With attacking options such as Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and David Connolly – the Irishman has already scored two league goals – the Saints are a good bet to upset the Tractor Boys.
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Although the sides didn’t meet last season, Southampton have got the better recent record, having registered two wins and two draws in the past four clashes. The last time they locked horns at Portman Road in March 2009, the Saints notched a 3-0 success – a repeat scoreline is priced at a juicy 28/1 on this occasion.
However, punters who believe Ipswich will end this run can back them at 31/20 to win, with the draw valued at 21/10.
Ipswich started the season with a 3-0 away victory at Bristol City, with new boy Michael Chopra bagging a brace, but since then they have been knocked out of the Carling Cup to League Two side Northampton Town and were beaten at home 1-0 by Hull City at the weekend.
Paul Jewell’s men are under pressure to impress this season after finishing 13th last term. They have bought well with Chopra signing from Cardiff, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joining from Arsenal and the experienced Lee Bowyer arriving on a free transfer from Birmingham City.
However, the Saints seem to have hit the ground running while the Tractor Boys are busy attempting to mould their new-look team into a cohesive unit. It is for this reason that I’m tipping the visitors to come away with the points tonight.
With Southampton having scored three of their four goals to date in the first half of their matches, perhaps the 18/5 available on them to be winning at both half-time and full-time represents the best value. Alternatively, you could bet on them to break the deadlock at evens.
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