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Championship: Brighton vs Ipswich preview

Kick off: Tuesday, 29 December @19:45 GMT

Venue: The American Express Community Stadium (Brighton, East Sussex)

Head to head record

Ipswich vs Brighton 2-3 (2015/2016 Championship)
Brighton vs Ipswich 3-2 (2014/2015 Championship)
Ipswich vs Brighton 2-0 (2014/2015 Championship)
Brighton vs Ipswich 0-2 (2013/2014 Championship)
Ipswich vs Brighton 2-0 (2013/2014 Championship)

Brighton vs Ipswich prediction

After playing out a goalless draw with Brentford on Boxing Day, Brighton will be looking to put an end to their four-game winless run in the Championship when they square off against Ipswich Town at their American Express Community Stadium on Tuesday.

Dip in form

The 3-0 loss to Middlesbrough saw Brighton blow their chance to climb to top position in the Championship standings. Even though many people expected that the Seagulls would return to winning ways at the weekend, they played out a goalless draw with Brentford on Boxing Day and extended their winless run in the league to four games. The confidence is low in Chris Hughton’s team ahead of the visit of Ipswich Town, but Tuesday’s clash could be the turning point for the American Express Community Stadium outfit. The home game against the Tractor Boys offers a chance for festive penance and it remains to be seen if the Seagulls are capable of recording their ninth home win of the season. Chris Hughton’s troops may have only taken three points from their previous four league games, but I believe that the time has come for Brighton to put an end to the negative trend.

The likes of Liam Rosenior and Sam Baldock are both doubtful for the game, while Solly March misses the clash with injury. Coach Chris Hughton is likely to stick to the 4-4-2 formation.

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Tractor Boys eyeing fifth consecutive away win

Ipswich Town coach Mick McCarthy saw his team slip to a 1-0 defeat to Derby County in the top-of-the-table showdown at their Portman Road Stadium, but they quickly bounced back from the defeat. The Tractor Boys outplayed Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day and it has to be noted that Luke Chambers scored injury-time header to give Ipswich a dramatic win. Mick McCarthy’s charges have tightened their grip on sixth position in the Championship standings and, no doubt, they are eager to make it to the play-offs. Ipswich Town have been impressive on the travels in December and they will be looking to record their fifth consecutive win on the road when they take on Brighton at the American Express Community Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Tractor Boys are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, but the match against the Seagulls will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors.

David McGoldrick remains on the sidelines with injury, but coach Mick McCarthy has no fresh injury worries ahead of the trip to Brighton. Scottish midfielder Ryan Fraser is pushing for a start.

Quick Facts

  • Brighton have recorded three wins in previous four home fixtures
  • The Seagulls are after their third consecutive win over Ipswich
  • Ipswich are eyeing their fifth successive away win
  • The Tractor Boys scored 11 goals in previous four away games in the league
  • 14 goals in total have been netted in previous four meetings between the two teams

Brighton vs Ipswich betting tip

Ipswich Town have been in a much better form of late than their next rivals Brighton, but seeing that the Seagulls are tough to beat at home, I am not tempted to put my money on the Tractor Boys this time out. Mick McCarthy’s men have been impressive on the travels in December and I would not be surprised if they extend their goal-scoring run on Tuesday. Anyhow, the hosts, who are on a four-match winless run in the Championship, want this win more and I believe that there is a certain value in betting on the Seagulls.

Tip: Home win + both teams to score

Odds: 4.75 (15/4) @bet365

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