Bournemouth battle Tractor Boys with recently capped Scotland winger Ritchie a key performer, but Republic of Ireland forward Murphy a danger to Howe's team
The last three meetings between Ipswich Town and Championship leaders Bournemouth have been draws, so a share of the spoils for both is a best-price 12/5 with bet365.
Cherries coach Eddie Howe made an eye-catching loan signing during the international break by capturing Kenwyne Jones from Cardiff City. “I don’t think there is any point in me coming here to watch,” he said upon arriving at Bournemouth. “The team has been doing well and I’ll try to lend my experience to that.”
Moving to cover for Cherries top scorer Callum Wilson’s absence shall aid the south coast’s club title tilt, and their new acquisition offers another more physical option up front. Ladbrokes offer top odds of 21/10 for Trinidad and Tobago frontman Jones to make a scoring debut anytime.
Yet, it is not a striker but Scotland winger Matt Ritchie, who made his international bow during the recent break from club football, that has made a major impact in recent meetings between Bournemouth and the Suffolk side. On 11 goals for this season, he has netted in both of the previous two head-to-heads.
Although the Cherries boast the joint second best defence in the division, they are facing the Championship’s leading marksman, Daryl Murphy, in this top six clash. The Republic of Ireland international, now 32, has enjoyed a real renaissance under compatriot coach at Ipswich, Mick McCarthy, this term.
Forward Murphy has netted almost 40 per cent (23) of the Tractor Boys’ 59 Championship goals so far. Based on that amazing stat, and netting twice in his last three battles with Bournemouth, best-price odds of 23/10 at Boylesports for Murphy to be on target anytime must be considered.
To grab the opening goal, Murphy is also magnificent value with the same bookmaker at 13/2, having struck first on nine occasions during this campaign. A score draw looks well worth backing here, and a 1-1 result is a superb 6/1 shot at William Hill.