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Apparently Ipswich Town are really good at beating the Championship's form teams

Laurence Griffiths

The Tractor Boys aren't exactly in the middle of a great run of form. They've won just one of their last five (a 1-0 at home to Leicester two weeks ago) and are coming off a loss and a draw in their last two. If Bolton fans think that it will be an easy road for Wanderers to win six on the trot, they're dead wrong. Ipswich Town have a history of beating the form teams in the Championship this season and there's plenty of evidence to support it.

In terms of Bolton Wanderers, one really does not have to look back that far. When Bolton and Ipswich Town met at the Reebok Stadium in December. It was Dougie Freedman's sixth game in charge of the Trotters and they were unbeaten in six games, picking up wins against Blackburn and Cardiff City while drawing the other matches. Bolton had gone in front on just six minutes through Mark Davies but a 70th minute penalty saw DJ Campbell equalize before Michael Chopra won it at the death.

It happened along similar lines when Ipswich Town welcomed Millwall to Portman Road. The Lions were the form team in the Championship for some time thanks to an unbeaten run that stretched to 13 games (six wins, seven draws). That match came directly after the Blues' win at Bolton and it saw Ipswich dismantle Millwall to the tune of 3-0 with a DJ Campbell brace (one of which was another penalty) helping them on their way.

Similar results came against Nottingham Forest, having lost just one of ten games, and Burnley, who had won four of five, earlier this season. In January, they held Cardiff City to a 0-0 draw at the Bluebirds' (or Red Dragons, whatever) home ground. Prior to that scoreless draw, Cardiff were on an absolute tear, having taken 33 of 36 available points in a 12 game stretch (with a freak loss to Peterborough United in between). Fun fact: it was also the first time all season that Cardiff City did not manage to score a goal at home.

So, basically, don't take this game for granted. There's only nine games left in the season and both teams are desperate for points (for their own reasons). Ispwich are two places and four points clear of the drop and are hoping to get some breathing room in the relegation bottle.