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The Championship season kicks off this weekend, with the Tractor Boys hosting the Cottagers and our tipster is backing goals

Fulham kick off their life back in the Championship with an away match against Ipswich Town on Saturday. After a hectic season of managerial changes last term, Felix Magath has had a whole pre-season to prepare his players for their attempt to immediately return to the top flight. That said, with a number of departures and arrivals, it will be a new-look Fulham side who play in front of the television camera’s on Saturday evening.

Ipswich will be a tough test for Fulham, with Mick McCarthy’s men finishing strongly last season, eventually finishing ninth, four points from the play-offs.

One of the keys to their relative success in the previous campaign was their form at Portman Road in the latter months of the season, winning six of their last 10 matches on home turf and being beaten only once in that period. Bet365 price them at 8/5 (2.80) to get off to a winning start.

Fulham’s 13-year stay in the Premier League came to an end last season, with a number of managerial changes eventually leading to their decline.

Magath has brought in a number of players including Ross McCormack from Leeds United for €14 million. Pressure will be on the South Londoners to start the season well, with fans expecting them to challenge for the title but that is often a tough task for sides dropping out of the top flight. Bet365 price them at 17/10 (2.70), making them slight favourites to beat Ipswich, the same firm price the draw at 9/4 (3.25).

McCormack made a huge impression in the Championship last season for his former club, scoring 28 league goals, including two against Ipswich for Leeds in both fixtures last campaign. Bet365 price the big money signing at 13/8 (2.63) to net anytime and continue his good form against the Tractor Boys.

Instead of backing this, it’s worth looking at the both teams to score bet at 4/5 (1.80). This is a generous price with bet365, especially when you consider Ipswich managed to find the net in 21 of their 23 home league games last season. Fulham themselves boast plenty of attacking talent but may struggle defensively as their new-look side adapt to life in the second tier. With this bet landing in Ipswich's last six games at Portman Road, expect another game full of goals.

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Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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