Ipswich Town can be congratulated for forcing high-flying Southampton to a replay in the FA Cup third round, however this clash at Portman Road will see the Championship side wave goodbye to the competition.
There were few who fancied Ipswich to take anything from their clash with Southampton last time around, however the Tractor Men surprised everyone by holding the Premier League side to a 1-1 draw and forcing a replay of the tie at Portman Road this evening.
Such resilience has served the East Anglian side well in this season’s Championship, however a defeat at home to Derby County at the weekend will have dented confidence somewhat coming into this match. Nevertheless, Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy will be a happy man with his team’s performances throughout the season and with his side sitting third in the league table he will be confident of managing automatic promotion come the end of the season.
Either way, McCarthy will give the FA Cup the importance it deserves tonight and with plenty of goalscoring ability in the ranks Ipswich will once again prove a tough obstacle for the Saints to overcome. Nevertheless they will struggle to breach a Saints defence which has managed to hold out against Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United of late and as such, we’ll be backing a Saints win to nil at odds of 21/10 with Sky Bet.
Southampton have enjoyed a tremendous season so far and their defeat of Manchester United on Sunday underlined their Champions League credentials, Dusan Tadic’s goal sending them to third in the Premier League table.
The Serbian is expected to be included in the starting line-up this evening following his excellent performance as a sub at Old Trafford on Sunday and we’ll be backing him to score at some point of this match at odds of 27/10 with 888sport.
Southampton certainly have the talent to clinch the required win tonight and we expect them to achieve it without conceding. Ipswich are flying high in the Championship however they will struggle to breach a stubborn Southampton defence.
Live coverage on BBC1 at 7:55pm
Our betting tips
Southampton win-to-nil – Sky Bet 21/10
Anytime Goalscorer, Dusan Tajic – 888sport 27/10
All odds were correct at time of posting.