Saturday’s clash between Brighton & Hove Albion and Ipswich Town at the Amex Stadium brings together two of the Championship’s form teams.
Only Reading boast a better record in the last eight games than the Seagulls, who went some way towards putting their FA Cup drubbing by Liverpool behind them by picking up a point at Hull City on Wednesday.
After losing their last four games of 2011, Brighton’s unbeaten league run now stands at eight games, keeping alive their hopes of promotion through the play-offs.
Ipswich, who not too long ago had serious fears of relegation, have won their last four games. Their latest victory was a 3-0 thumping of perennial second-tier bridesmaids Cardiff City, taking them to the 40-point mark.
This form has left the Tractor Boys closer to the top six than the bottom three, which is remarkable considering that no team has conceded more goals in the division. In fact, Ipswich’s goals against tally stands at 57, almost double the number shipped by their opponents this weekend.
With Ipswich having opened the scoring in their last six games, you might be tempted to back them continuing that trend on Saturday at 23/20 as an alternative punt.
The Seagulls are the 13/10 favourites to pick up all three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw at 23/10 and an Ipswich success available at 19/10.
But the offer of 12/5 for Brighton to win with over 2.5 combined goals in the game looks more intriguing, especially considering Gus Poyet’s men are unbeaten on home soil since a 1-0 reverse against Burnley in December.
Punters who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on those 12/5 odds will see a return of £85 if they correctly back Brighton to win in this manner.
Back in October, top scorer Michael Chopra was the hero for Ipswich in a 3-1 victory at Portman Road in the reverse of this fixture. Ibrahima Sonko had equalised for the home side after the visitors had taken the lead through Vicente.
However, with Ipswich having opened the scoring in their last six games, you might be tempted to back them continuing that trend on Saturday at 23/20 as an alternative punt.
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