Another of Wednesday’s Fourth Round Carabao Cup ties sees Ipswich Town entertain Fulham, 19.45, Nov 1st, at Portman Road.
Tricky old tie to assess, and there’s odds-against value for all the three main 90-minute markets. If you’ve a strong view therefore, you’re getting that value.
Wes Burns is an Ipswich injury absentee. On-loan striker Dane Scarlett is ineligible having already featured for parent club Tottenham Hotspur in an earlier round.
For Fulham, former Man United defender Axel Tuanzebe could feature after being sidelined via a back injury. Carlos Vinicius is in contention, as is Kenny Tete. Traore, Issa Diop and Tosin remain very doubtful.
Ipswich, flying high in the Championship, will fancy a bit of semi-giant killing against their Premier League rivals.
Ahead of kick-off, the betting is as follows (90 mins); Ipswich 9/4, the Draw 5/2, Fulham 23/20
Ipswich to win @ 9/4
Free-scoring. Won 11 from 13 matches, drawn one, lost one, so far in the Championship. Tractor Boys’ manager Keiran McKenna has got the Suffolk side purring. The northern Irish coach, a former Man Utd employee, also worked with young players at Spurs, so he’s served an impressive apprenticeship.
All roads appear to be leading to a return for Ipswich to the Premier League, and I can’t honestly imagine Fulham relishing a Wednesday night under the Portman Road lights in early November.
Ipswich are second favourites to win this tie, but not in my book. 9/4 represents real value for me, and if I was framing the market I’d probably flip the prices for the two sides, frankly. The draw is a decent shout at 5/2, after which of course there would be penalties if that was the case.
I’m hoping it won’t come to that, no disrespect to Fulham and their excellent manager Marco Silva. Ipswich will surely have no better chance to make progress in this competition, and at home certainly, on current form, are a match for most.
Ipswich total goals over 1.5 @ 6/4
Given the above reasoning it’s surely more than appropriate to contemplate Ipswich scoring 2 or more, which would land our bet, and at odds-against. Again, in my book, outstanding value. Cracking match in prospect, and there could be goals – at least 2 of them going to the home side, fingers crossed. Nathan Broadhead is 11/4 to score at any time – more outstanding value in my eyes.
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