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Championship betting team guide: Ipswich Town

by Sean Goff | August 9, 2012
Paul Jewell

TRACTOR BOY: Will manager Paul Jewell be so merry once the season starts?

Ipswich Town

Manager: Paul Jewell

Ins: Scott Loach (undisclosed amount), Elliott Hewitt (undisclosed amount), Luke Chambers (free transfer), Massimo Luongo (loan)

Outs: Richard Wright (free transfer), Grant Leadbitter (free transfer), Ibrahima Sonko (released), Cody Cropper (released), Lee Bowyer (released), Mark Kennedy (retired)

Strengths: They’ve already shown they have the pedigree for the top flight with a 3-1 victory over Premier League new boys West Ham United in pre-season action. On top of the eye-catching result, Michael Chopra, Luke Chambers and Jason Scotland got on the scoresheet to suggest that the Tractor Boys are going to be a force to be reckoned with up front as well.

Weaknesses: Another slow start could signal more doom and gloom. Ipswich were one of the teams being backed for promotion last season, but this optimism soon faded when they were thrashed 7-1 away at Peterborough and then suffered a heavy 5-2 defeat at home to Southampton. Although the Tractor Boys managed to get themselves into gear eventually, the Championship is too tight a league to make such damaging mistakes so early on.

Last season’s performance: While their 15th place finish in the 2011/12 campaign will not have had Ipswich Town fans dancing on the ceiling, things could have been a lot worse. Avoiding a relegation scrap was the team’s main aim by the time Christmas rolled around last year.

If they were a celebrity: Davina McCall. Can you remember Davina presenting MTV’s Most Wanted show, or her stint on cult Channel 4 show Streetmate?

No, probably not, because just like Ipswich Town, Davina was a slow starter. Now though, you can’t help but see her face every time you turn on primetime TV. Hey, it’s better than Chris Tarrant clogging up your screen.

You might not have known: Ipswich may have had a season to forget, but supporters had something to smile about when they beat West Ham United both times the sides met last season. And yet it is the Hammers who are enjoying Premier League football this year – typical, eh?

Championship title odds: 25/1

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