Brighton started life back in the Championship in flying form, but have picked up just one point in their last three league games and face a tough task against an Ipswich side starting to hit their stride.
The two teams’ differing fortunes in recent weeks were emphasised in the midweek results. Gus Poyet’s Seagulls suffered their first home league defeat at their new Amex Stadium at the hands of bitter rivals Crystal Palace, while Ipswich sealed an impressive victory away to West Ham courtesy of a late Lee Bowyer strike.
Ipswich manager Paul Jewell endured a difficult start to the campaign after seeing his side concede 12 goals in the space of five days in mid-August.
However, the addition of Ibrahima Sonko and Danny Collins to the Tractor Boys’ back four has seen them keep the opposition out for three matches in succession and they are priced at 15/4 to do so again at Portman Road.
Despite the improving defensive record of their hosts, Brighton will be positive about their chances of breaching the back line, given that they have failed to score in just one game, a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City.
You can get odds of 23/100 on Albion scoring at some point over the ninety minutes, but Brighton have scored 66% of their goals in the second half of games and bwin is offering odds of 3/2 for them to score more after the break than beforehand.
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For the home side, there is also the opportunity to seal three consecutive home league wins for the first time since March 2010. Town are 7/5 to take the three points that would put them level in the table with Brighton, with the Sussex side slight outsiders at 37/20 and the draw at 11/5.
The odds display how tough this game is to call, but Ipswich will surely fancy their chance of continuing their climb up the table.
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