With the World Cup a distant memory, the 2014/15 football season gets underway this weekend. Recently relegated Fulham start life in the Championship tomorrow as they face a tricky away tie at Ipswich Town. Live on Sky Sports at 17:15, here are some free football betting tips.
After three defeats in their first four matches last term, Ipswich Town fans may have feared the worst for the rest of their season. However, Mick McCarthy's men did rally themselves on occasions and briefly flirted with the playoff places after an eight match unbeaten run before Christmas. They eventually finished in ninth position, though, and if you were to choose one word to describe their season, inconsistent would sum it up perfectly.
For visitors Fulham, last season would definitely be one to forget. After changing managers three times in the season, the experienced Felix Magath was unable to keep The Cottagers up. It's hard to look for any kind of positive, but at least they didn't finish bottom.
Moving into their Championship campaign, Fulham inevitably had to shed a few of the high earners in their ranks and this saw the back of captain Brede Hangeland and Steve Sidwell – The latter being one of a few players to leave last season with his head held high. However, Magath certainly didn't hang about it the transfer market, splashing out £11m on Leeds United's Ross McCormack. Whilst I can understand his reasoning for signing last season's Championship top scorer that is a ridiculous price. Then again, this was the same team that signed Konstantinos Mitroglu for a million pounds more.
Browsing the early prices and there is very little between the two sides in the eyes of the bookies. Ipswich are a best priced 17/10, with Fulham a very tempting 15/8. The draw is on offer at 12/5 and I see this as the safest bet for Saturday's encounter. However awful Fulham's season was last time out, they were still a Premier League team and I would expect them to have their chances against an Ipswich side that only failed to score twice at home all season themselves. Therefore back the draw outright at 12/5 with Bet365.
Moving into the goalscoring markets and the £11m man, Ross McCormack finds himself well priced with a couple of bookmakers. The Scottish international scored in both games against Ipswich last year as well as plundering 29 goals throughout the Championship season. Back him to score first with William Hill at 11/2 and anytime at 7/4 with Bet365.
Ipswich v Fulham Betting Tips
Draw – Bet Here at 12/5 with Bet365
Ross McCormack to Score First – Bet Here at 11/2 with William Hill
Ross McCormack to Score Anytime – Bet Here at 7/4 with Bet365
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