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McCarthy must hope Rhodes doesn’t come back to bite Ipswich

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Ipswich face a former player in Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, while other play-off contenders Brentford, Derby and Wolves all have winnable games

Rampant Rovers frontman Jordan Rhodes has netted in three of four career appearances against the Tractor Boys, grabbing the opener in the last two Ewood Park encounters. Best price odds of 13/2 with Boylesports say he shall score first here.

This battle in Blackburn for Mick McCarthy’s men is one of two televised encounters on the Championship’s final day with four teams competing for two remaining play-off places.

Rhodes has struck 20 times this term in the league, making top anytime odds of 21/10 with Ladbrokes troubling for the Tractor Boys. Battering ram centre forward Rudy Gestede is also another Rovers threat, and is a nifty 9/4 best-price at 888.com to be on target here too.

Ipswich have their own attacking arsenal for this trip, however, in the form of leading Championship marksman Daryl Murphy, who has five more league strikes than Rhodes. Republic of Ireland international Murphy has had the season of his life, and is 17/11 to net anytime again with 888.com.

Punters will be aware this is a nothing game to Blackburn, so that is why McCarthy’s men are 13/10 favourites with Coral to beat their hosts. Also in action in front of live TV cameras on the last day of the regular season are Derby County and Reading.

Like the Tractor Boys above, booking a play-off berth is in Steve McClaren’s hands. If the Rams beat the Royals (strongly odds-on at 2/5 with Betfred), then they are guaranteed a top six finish.

Derby already have a home win over Reading this term, and can count on top scorer Chris Martin at 11/10 with Ladbrokes to net against them once more anytime, after bagging a brace in the reverse fixture.

Brentford and Wolves, meanwhile, face already relegated pair Wigan Athletic and Wolves respectively. Both play-off outsiders need victories, County to slip up and maybe Ipswich to lose too with three and seven-goal swings.

The Bees and Wanderers are both odds-on 2/5 favourites to record wins (each with Boylesports), but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s enough.

Betting tip: Rhodes scores first v Ipswich @ 13/2 with Boylesports

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