The East Anglian derby is one of the most anticipated fixtures in the Championship calendar and at noon on Sunday, Ipswich Town and Norwich City target a victory that would not only give them local bragging rights, but also propel them closer to the promotion mix.
Ipswich enjoyed a perfect first four games but have since lost five in seven, whilst Norwich started the season poorly and ended August with a 4-0 defeat at Millwall, yet have not lost any of the subsequent seven Championship matches - thanks partly to the introduction of Tom Trybull and Alex Tettey as a double-pivot.
The Canaries are 6/5 (2.20) with bet365 to win four consecutive away games for the first time since March 2015, whilst their rivals are 21/10 (3.10) to gain a fourth home win in six, and fourth draw in five matches between the two sides is priced at 5/2 (3.50).
The Tractor Boys haven’t beaten their deadly rivals in any of the last eight meetings and value may lie with Norwich, who have scored in each of their last 12 visits to Portman Road; they are priced at 9/4 (3.25) to keep a clean sheet, which they have done in five of the seven league games that impressive centre-back Timm Klose has started, and this bet may pay dividends as Mick McCarthy’s side have taken the third fewest shots per game (10.5) in the Championship this season.
Martyn Waghorn is arguably Ipswich's chief threat, scoring once every 96 minutes this term, and can be backed at 21/10 (3.10) to score anytime, while the energetic David McGoldrick can be found at 9/4 (3.25) .
For the visitors, Nelson Oliveira is having another impressive season and grabbed a 96th minute equalizer against Hull on Saturday for his fifth league strike and is 11/8 (2.38) to add to his tally in Suffolk.
Norwich midfielder James Maddison has been directly involved in four goals in his last three Championship away games - scoring two of them - and is 3/1 (4.0) to find the net again.
Daniel Farke’s side have conceded just once in the five games in which they have scored first, although they have scored only seven goals themselves.
An away win with under 2.5 goals might appeal at 4/1 (5.0), but the real value comes in an away victory to nil at 11/4 (3.75). We shouldn't expect either side to run away with victory in this hotly-contested derby, but Norwich should just have the edge and be able to retain their local bragging rights for a little while longer.