IPSWICH AND THE OWLS MAKE MY TOP SIX
EVERYONE is wondering who will take that sixth spot in the Championship. Sheff Wed, Cardiff, Birmingham, Ipswich – nobody seems able to take a firm hold.
But I actually think there are TWO places to fight for. Because for all the talent in their squad, I just don’t fancy Derby to make it stick.
Just like last year, it doesn’t seem to be working at the most critical point in the season. They’re still a team of individuals rather than a collective.
Results have been up and down. There’s no stand-out partnerships on the pitch. It just doesn’t seem right and the longer they struggle, the fresher the memories of last season’s collapse will appear.
I know Sheffield Wednesday are having a ropey spell too but that happens to everybody in the Championship. In Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri – at least if he stops getting sent off – they’ve just got too much firepower not to click back into gear.
And Mick McCarthy’s side are always well organised. Daryl Murphy leads Ipswich’s line brilliantly. Everyone else works hard around him. They’re drilled to perfection. They’ve been there and done it.
I may end up with egg on my face but, for me, it’s Wednesday and Ipswich, with Derby missing out.
GOALS: Gary Hooper