Norwich City continue to fly after a fine 3-1 win over Leeds United last time out.
This weekend, it’s the East Anglian derby with Ipswich Town – a game that needs little introduction indeed.
As usual, then, we spoke with Richard Voisey of City of Yellows to preview things from Carrow Road…
1. How much belief has the win over Leeds given fans this season?
Belief has skyrocketed following the Elland Road victory.
A tough batch of games has seen City draw with chasers Sheffield Utd, West Brom whilst dispatching Leeds with arguably the best performance of the season. What made the 3-1 victory even sweeter was the professional manner in how the second half was so controlled in nullifying any potential comeback.
This performance followed another recent 3-1 victory played out in exactly the same style, this time against Birmingham. The Canaries appear to have stamped out the naivety of letting leads slip away.
It is just one league defeat in thirteen now which is extremely promising. We now have senior players including Grant Hanley, Timm Klose and Ivo Pinto who can not get into the starting eleven. On paper, the run in looks very achievable with only Middlesborough to play from the current top six plus Bristol City who currently top the form table.
2. It’s the derby v Ipswich – is this the perfect game to ensure no complacency creeps in after the Leeds game?
This this the, without doubt, the perfect time to play Ipswich. City are scoring goals for fun whilst Town are producing few chances or results.
They have made a number of new signings late on in the January window however there has been little time for them to bed in.
The Tractor Boys have achieved just one win in eight, a dubious 1-0 win against the run of play against fellow strugglers Rotherham. I have no doubt that Daniel Farke will have the boys physically and mentally set up for the game.
3. What kind of reception can Paul Lambert expect to receive?
The forums are split over concentrating on pushing City over the line on Sunday and focusing on Paul and his team’s predicament.
I believe that although he left under an unfortunate cloud, there is still far too little respect for what he achieved at Carrow Road following two memorable back to back promotions and a superb first season back in the Premiership.
His career after Norwich has failed to match the heady heights of managing the Canaries. If and when Town are relegated, no blame will lay at the feet of Lambert. He inherited a sinking ship with an awful, inadequate crew on board.
4. Are there any changes you’d make to the side from the Leeds win and why?
Tom Trybull was the biggest doubt with a cut ankle but appears to have recovered sufficiently to start. Ben Godfrey and sub Todd Cantwell are doubtful. If all are declared fit, I do not expect any tactical changes.
5. Score prediction
The form book, as well as my heart, says a convincing 4-1 victory.