Huddersfield vs Ipswich predictions: Tractor Boys continue to motor
Things could have barely gone any better for Ipswich following last season’s promotion from League One and the Tractor Boys may be confident of building on their strong start to the Championship with victory at Huddersfield.
Highly-rated manager Kieran McKenna has masterminded seven wins from Ipswich’s first eight games, leaving them locked level with Leicester at the top of the Championship.
Only Leeds have managed to find a way past Ipswich so far this season with the Suffolk side also sealing their place in the last 16 of the EFL Cup courtesy of Tuesday’s come-from-behind win over Wolves.
Ipswich trailed the Premier League outfit 2-0 inside 15 minutes but came roaring back to triumph 3-2, which goes some way to highlighting the belief they are playing with.
Huddersfield have also made a respectable start to the campaign and come into the clash unbeaten in four after Monday’s last-gasp equaliser at Coventry.
Michal Helik's 94th-minute leveller earned new Terriers boss Darren Moore a point in his first game in charge, with him having been brought in to replace Neil Warnock in the dugout.
Huddersfield are hopeful that versatile defender Josh Ruffels will be available for this Championship clash with Ipswich, although David Kasumu is expected to miss out.
Striker Danny Ward has missed the past three matches because of an Achilles problem and is a doubt while Loick Ayina and Oliver Turton are confirmed absentees.
McKenna made ten changes for their midweek EFL Cup victory over Wolves with goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky the only survivor from their previous league win over Blackburn.
That means the visitors should be refreshed and raring to go, although they do remain without Christian Walton and Axel Tuenzebe.
Ipswich have won seven of their first eight Championship games, triumphing in all four fixtures on the road.
All four of Ipswich’s away league wins this season have been by a single goal, which includes a trio of 1-0 victories at QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton.
Huddersfield are unbeaten in four Championship games, however, they have won only one of their four league outings at the John Smith's Stadium.
One or both teams have failed to score in each of the last four meetings between these sides.
Ipswich have adjusted effortlessly to life in the Championship, having won seven of their opening eight games following last season’s promotion.
The Tractor Boys have won all four away assignments, keeping three consecutive clean sheets on trips to QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton.
That defensive discipline should serve them well at Huddersfield, who have won only once in four home league outings and have suffered defeats to nil against Leicester and Norwich.
The Terriers clinched a point in Moore’s first game in charge at Coventry but they have scored only nine goals in eight league games and may lack the firepower to live with the confident visitors.
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