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Mick McCarthy chasing third straight win over old club Wolves

Tractor Boys boss can call upon ex-Wanderers winger Hunt, former centre back Berra and frontman Murphy for Ipswich encounter in Wolverhampton.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has won both of his previous meetings with his former side since being sacked by Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 2012. The Tractor Boys are a best-price 9/4 with BetVictor to beat their hosts at Molineux again, as the race for Premier League promotion heats up.

McCarthy is not the only one at the East Anglia outfit with connections to the West Midlands club, who have experienced boom and bust and now recovery. Both Ipswich and Wolves remain in the hunt for a Championship play-off place, though it is the former that are better placed to enter this lottery.

Betfred make the Tractor Boys 8/1 promotion chances, while a best-price of 16/1 on Wanderers going up is on offer at Ladbrokes.

Returning to the theme of Wolves old boys that might come back to haunt them, winger Stephen Hunt is a 13/2 anytime scorer chance with, though hasn’t netted for Ipswich this term.

A better bet might be Scotland centre back Christophe Berra, who offers a real set-piece threat, after six goals this term. You can get odds as long as 12/1, again with, for him to score anytime.

Championship leading marksman Daryl Murphy has three goals in four career outings against Wanderers. Best-price odds of 6/1 with BetVictor say he shall grab the opener.

Wolves obviously carry their own forward threat, most notably Benik Afobe, who has been a revelation since making the step up from a loan spell with League One club MK Dons and signing permanently at Molineux from Arsenal.

A rampant run of 11 goals in 18 outings for Wanderers is impressive, but Afobe has recently failed to score against other promotion contenders Derby County and Middlesbrough.

Punters that fancy him to strike against Ipswich should take 9/5 odds with in the anytime market. McCarthy’s men boast better form, having won their last two, while Wolves have lost as many.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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