Sports Betting Weekly

Ipswich Town v Brentford

When: Saturday, 07 March 2015 @ 21:00 (FINISHED)
Where: Portman Road
For Ipswich Town, this is arguably their biggest game of the season – perhaps even more so than last week’s 2-0 Old Farm derby defeat at Norwich City – as it will put them back among the top six if they can navigate their way past Championship surprise package, Brentford.

The Tractor Boys’ season has gone off the rails in recent weeks with three losses in their last four matches and, as a result, they have slipped from the automatic promotion places to outside the play-offs entirely and currently sit seventh in the table.

Mick McCarthy had dipped into the loan market to initially try and carry Ipswich over the line and make sure there are at least two extra fixtures in May via the play-offs if automatic promotion cannot be achieved. However, on current form the signings of Luke Varney, Richard Chaplow and Chris Wood may be needed to mount an assault on the top six.

Brentford, on the other hand, are having a bit of a revival, having bounced back from losing four games in a row by winning three out of their last four. The Bees’ bad spell coincided with speculation over manager Mark Warbuton’s future, but as that’s all been cleared up – for better or worse, he won’t be at the club next season – normal service has seemingly been resumed.

The fact that Ipswich now have a point to prove – combined with impressive home form in the league which has seen them lose just three times at Portman Road – means the bookies are leaning towards a home win on Saturday and you can get Ipswich at 6/5, while a Brentford victory is on offer at 11/4.

One man who has almost single-handedly led Ipswich to be in a position where promotion is still viable is striker Daryl Murphy, who is now on 21 goals in all competitions and has been backed to breach the 30-goal barrier this season. The former Sunderland man is priced at 9/2 to open the scoring on Saturday, and is also available at 13/8 to find the net at any point during the match. New signing Wood, meanwhile, is 13/2 to break the deadlock and 9/4 to score anytime.

Brentford’s key goal threat has come in the form of Andre Grey, with the former non-league man taking to the higher levels like a duck to water with 13 goals in all competitions this season. The ex-Luton man is available at 7/1 to score first and 14/5 to score in general. With eight goals this season, on loan Tottenham winger, Alex Pritchard, is also a good outside bet to find the net – and you can get 14/1 on him opening the scoring or 23/4 on him finding the net at any stage in the game.