By Howard Bloom
Ipswich Town will take on Leeds United at Portman Road this Sunday, May 5th for their final game of the season. The whites will want to end the season strongly so that they have some momentum going into the play-offs after their last win coming against Sheffield Wednesday April 13th. Ipswich Town will look to secure their 5th win of the season and leave the Ipswich faithful with some optimism for next season in League One.
The last meeting between these two sides was back in late October as Leeds United won 2-0 at Elland Road. The game proved to be Paul Hurst’s last as Ipswich Town manager after he only managed to record one win in 14 games. The game was a comfortable win for Leeds United with Kemar Roofe and Liam Cooper both getting onto the score sheet. The whites will look to replicate the same outcome and avoid this potential slip-up at Portman Road.
Ipswich Town’s key man going into Sunday’s game is Alan Judge. The Republic of Ireland international has impressed since joining the Tractor Boys from Brentford in the middle of January but is yet to get on the score sheet for the blues. Judge has played a pivotal role in Ipswich’s team since arriving and adds a creative flair in the midfield which was lacking in the first half of the season.
Ipswich Town need to be aware of Leeds United’s midfielder, Pablo Hernandez. The former Valencia midfielder has had an impressive season at the whites, having scored 12 goals and made 12 assists in 38 appearances in the league. Hernandez previously has played Premier League football whilst at Swansea City and will try to help Leeds United get back there through the play-offs after a 15 year absence.
Despite automatic promotion being out of reach for Leeds United, they will go into this game with a positive mentality and hope to gain some confidence for when they go into the play-offs. For this to happen Leeds are going to have to win at Portman Road for the first time since August 2013. It is looking likely that Leeds United will win the game considering Ipswich Town have not kept a clean sheet since January 12th and having been struggling to score goals all season. Ipswich Town may have some confidence going into the game though as they managed to beat Leeds at home last season and will only be playing for pride, having been relegated against Birmingham City in the middle of April.
Prediction: Ipswich Town 0 – 2 Leeds United