Southampton vs Ipswich Town Match Analysis & Prediction
19/09/2023 9:45 pm
Southampton will be out to avoid yet another chastening defeat in the month of September when they host high-flying Ipswich Town at St Mary’s Stadium for Tuesday’s Championship match.
The Saints suffered a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Leicester City last time out, while Ipswich cemented a podium place by beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0.
The international break apparently came at the perfect time for Southampton, who began September with a 5-0 disappointing defeat to Sunderland, which Russell Martin had a fortnight to dissect before Leicester paid a visit to the South Coast.
However, the Saints picked up where they left off before the two-week break, as Leicester ran riot at St Mary’s, and Jamie Vardy took just 21 seconds to begin the onslaught before Kasey McAteer doubled the visitors advantage.
Samuel Edozie’s delicte chip did reduce the deficit for Southampton, but Wilfred Ndidi and Stephy Mavidid both capitalised on dreadful defending from their hosts, who were playing in front of a half-empty stadium by the time Kamaldeen Sulemana was sent off deep into injury time.
Southampton took 10 points from their opening four league matches, but the leaky Saints have now been demoted to ninth place on account of shipping a worrying nine goals in their last two games.
In fact, a total of 16 goals conceded so far this season represents the worst defensive record in the Championship, and the Saints faithfull – who are yet to witness their side keep a clean sheet in this campaign – may not be holding out hope of a dramatic upturn in fortunes here.
In contrast, shut-outs have been easier to come by for Ipswich Town so far this season, as the Tractor Boys made a Hillsborough stopover to face another newly-promoted side in Sheffield Wednesday, who quickly found themselves under the cosh.
On the stroke of halftime, Conor Chaplin’s low strike squirmed through a sea of blue and white shirts – taking a significant deflection off Akin Famewo in the process – before tricking into the back of the net.
Ipswich were unfortunate to only prevail by the one goal against the Owls, who were indebted to goalkeeper Devis Vasquez for keeping the scoreline respectable.
Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna revelled in a fifth victory from six Championship matches, which has Ipswich occupying third place in the standings behind Leicester and early leaders Preston North End.
The Tractor Boys had conceded at least two goals in three successive matches before keeping Sheffield Wednesday at bay for their third clean sheet of the season, and only Leicester have also taken nine points from nine away from home in the 2023-24 Championship so far.
Southampton vs. Ipswich Town Head to head
In the 51 previous meetings between these two teams, Southampton have claimed 19 victories while Ipswich Town have won 17, and they have drawn in 15. They have each scored 78 goals in the process.
23/01/2010Southampton2Ipswich Town1FA Cup
04/01/2015Southampton1Ipswich Town1FA Cup
14/01/2015Ipswich Town0Southampton1FA Cup
Southampton Team News
Southampton are already coping without defensive duo of Jack Stephens and Juan Larios, as well as Achilles victim Ross Stewart.
Either Joe Aribo or Sekou Mara should be introduced into the side if Samuel Edozie’s knock keeps him out.
Southampton's Last 5 Matches
26/08/2023Southampton2Queens Park Rangers1Championship
Ipswich Town Team News
Ipswich left-back Leif Davis was withdrawn just before the break at Hillsborough having both twisted and suffered a stamp to his ankle, forcing him to leave the ground in a boot.
Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams was a lively presence after coming on and could now be given the nod out wide, while Christian Walton and Wes Burns are keeping Davis company in the treatment room.
Ipswich Town's Last 5 Matches
19/08/2023Queens Park Rangers0Ipswich Town1Championship
26/08/2023Ipswich Town3Leeds United4Championship
29/08/2023Reading2Ipswich Town2(P)League Cup
02/09/2023Ipswich Town3Cardiff City2Championship
16/09/2023Sheffield Wednesday0Ipswich Town1Championship
Southampton vs. Ipswich Town: Odds and Predictions
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