Tractor Boys to turn corner

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: September 13 2013, 12:50 BST

Craig Chisnall looks ahead to the action this weekend in the Sky Bet Leagues and is keen on a win for Ipswich.

Christophe Berra is one of the quality additions at Portman Road
Christophe Berra is one of the quality additions at Portman Road

It might seem strange to put my faith in a team that has won just once this term but I've got a feeling Ipswich will soon turn a corner - and I believe it will be against Middlesbrough.

After finishing last term in fine style and adding quality in the likes Christophe Berra, Cole Skuse and David McGoldrick this summer I tipped them up as my surprise package.

They've not exactly flown out of the traps with just four points from a possible 15 to back that up but by all accounts they have performed better than results might suggest.

Last time out even Birmingham boss Lee Clark admitted they had been fortunate to take a point off Town in a 1-1 draw at St Andrew's in a game the visitors dominated.

As has been their problems in recent seasons they've struggled for goals, with three of their six coming in the comfortable home win over Millwall.

But Boro aren't the greatest on the road and the 11-8 on Ipswich is where I'm putting my money.

In League One look no further than in-form Rotherham to make it four wins in five when Oldham make the trip over the Pennines. I'd take the evens offered by Coral while you can.

The Millers had a memorable last weekend when they came from a goal down at the break to thump neighbours Sheffield United 3-1.

By all accounts the Blades were lucky it wasn't more and Steve Evans' men obviously fancy a second successive promotion push.

They've certainly got the squad to challenge with the luxury of leaving strikers Daniel Nardiello and Matt Tubbs out of their starting line-up in recent weeks.

They are particularly strong at the New York Stadium and with crowds on the up they will be desperate for another scalp in the Latics.

Lee Johnson's men were unfortunate to lose against Preston on Sky on Monday night and this is another difficult trip they could probably do without to follow that. I can't see them stopping the Millers good run.

In League Two I'm going with another form side in Oxford on the road at struggling Cheltenham.

Chris Wilder's U's have got themselves off to a flyer this term and expectations are rising among their huge support.

Some U's fans were surprised when Wilder was handed a new deal at the end of last term after a season of inconsistency but their push for the top seven wasn't helped by a crippling injury list.

But in Dave Kitson and Johnny Mullins they've added experience as well as quality while winger Alfie Potter is in the form of his life.

They've yet to lose, are the leading scorers with 14 and are on a real roll - in stark contrast to the Robins.

Mark Yates' men are yet to get over their second successive failed play-off campaign with just one win in their first six games.

Unfortunately for them I can't see them having any joy again this weekend and the 17-10 with BetVictor and bet365 on the away win looks a price to invest in.


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