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Ipswich vs Millwall predictions: Goals expected at Portman Road
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Kieran McKenna has his Ipswich side playing open, attractive football
Kieran McKenna has his Ipswich side playing open, attractive football

- Both teams have scored in eight of Ipswich’s last nine home games
- Four or Millwall’s last five games have featured at least three goals
- Recommended bet: Both teams to score

Ipswich’s 12-match unbeaten run ended with a 2-0 defeat at West Brom and the Tractor Boys will be looking to bounce back when they take on Millwall at Portman Road on Wednesday.

Kieran McKenna’s side have been in the top two for more than two months and will hope to keep up the pressure on leaders Leicester, who are three points above them.

Millwall went close to reaching the play-offs last season but have struggled for consistency, winning just five of 17 league fixtures this term. 

They lost 3-0 at home to Coventry last Saturday but were 4-0 winners against Sheffield Wednesday on their last road trip.

Team news

Ipswich welcomed back Brandon Williams (illness) and Wes Burns (shoulder) for Saturday’s 2-0 loss at West Brom.

Chelsea loanee Omari Hutchinson missed out at the weekend and will have to be assessed, while midfielder Lee Evans (knee) is the only definite absentee.

Lions right back Danny McNamara was ruled out of Saturday’s 3-0 loss at home to Coventry with a knee complaint and is a doubt for the trip to Suffolk.

Goalkeeper Matija Sarkic (quad) also missed out at the weekend and is unlikely to displace Bartosz Bialkowski between the sticks.

The stats

Ipswich were unbeaten in 12 Championship games until Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Brom and until their trip to The Hawthorns. they had scored in 35 consecutive competitive games.

The Tractor Boys have conceded two goals or more in each of their last six fixtures and six of their last eight matches have featured at least four goals.

Millwall have lost just one of eight Championship away games and are unbeaten on their last six second-tier road trips.

The Lions have scored at least two goals in three of their last four away fixtures, while four of Millwall’s last five fixtures have featured at least three goals.


Ipswich are the Championship’s top scorers with 36 goals, but they have not kept a clean sheet since October and could be involved in a high-scoring contest against Millwall at Portman Road.

The Tractor Boys favour an attacking style and had scored in every game this season until Saturday’s defeat, when they failed to register a shot on target.

McKenna’s side should find it easier to create chances against the Lions, who are 19 points below them, but they may struggle to keep the back door shut.

Ipswich have got into a nasty habit of making slow starts and have conceded inside the first 15 minutes in each of their last six fixtures.

They have shipped at least two goals on each of those occasions and will be tested by Millwall, who were 4-0 winners at Sheffield Wednesday in their opening match under Joe Edwards.

The Lions are transitioning to a more attacking brand of football under new manager Joe Edwards and they can play their part in an entertaining game which should feature goals for both teams.

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