All eyes will be on Portman Road this Sunday lunchtime with the 102nd East Anglian Derby as Ipswich Town face Norwich City in the early kickoff (KO 12:00).
It should be an electric atmosphere with bragging rights at stake – this is one derby not to be missed.
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The first Old Firm Derby of the season takes place north of the border on Sunday, but it’s the ‘Old Farm Derby’ which we’re concerned about, as Ipswich host fierce rivals Norwich at the same time.
Paul Hurst, who will experience his first East Anglian derby as Ipswich manager, has suffered a torrid start to his reign at Portman Park.
Two teams struggling – who will come out on top?
The Tractor Boys are rock bottom of the Championship having picked up just two points from their opening five games and are 13/8 to be relegated.
And just when Town fans thought things couldn’t get much worse, their side got knocked out of the Carabao Cup to League Two opposition Exeter in midweek.
Norwich, too, are struggling. Daniel Farke’s side are just two points above their rivals at the foot of the table, but will be full of confidence after seeing off Cardiff in the Carabao Cup.
The Canaries have not tasted defeat against Ipswich since 2009 a run that has seen them win six and draw four to maintain the local bragging rights.
Six of Norwich’s last seven games in all competitions have produced over 2.5 goals, and with two leaky defences this looks a good bet at 6/5.
Ipswich have struggled in front of goal so far this season averaging less than a goal per game and it’s difficult to see where their goals are going to come from.
Ellis Harrison bagged 12 goals in League One last season, can he make the step up?
He’s 2/1 to score on derby day.
In contrast Norwich have plenty of fire power.
Teems Pukki has three league goals to his name already this season while Jordan Rhodes, Onel Hernandez and Dennis Srbeny have two apiece. Pukki is 13/2 to open the scoring.
Stalemate looks likely
It seems mad calling this a relegation six pointer so early on in the season, but if Ipswich don’t start picking up points then they’re going to be in serious bother.
This should be a tight encounter with the points shared – the draw at 9/4 offers significant appeal.
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