Written by Ethan Turner
Derby day is looming as the anticipation, nerves and excitement begins too form for both sets of fans. From an Ipswich perspective there’s a new life of confidence as Paul Hurst takes charge of his first East Anglian derby.
Below I take a look at key players and my prediction for this crunching match:
Five games in and neither side have really had the start which they would of been hoping for, with Ipswich sat bottom of the league and Norwich 18th, only two points above the Tractor Boys.
However the Canaries do have an important win under their belt, something which Ipswich are still yet to accomplish. Both East Anglian teams lost their ‘star players’ from last season with Martyn Waghorn departing from Ipswich and James Maddison for the Norfolk side moving to Leicester City.
This time around it’s an opportunity for new players to step up and make a name for themselves, here I take a look at who to watch out for:
Jordan Rhodes, former blue, would no doubt fancy getting a goal against his former club. The on-loan striker from Sheffield Wednesday already has two goals too his name.
Finnish centre-forward Teemu Pukki also has two league goals to his name since joining Norwich in the summer, working well upfront with Rhodes. These two will certainly give Ipswich defenders a stern test.
Gwion Edwards has been magnificent since joining from Peterborough in the summer. The tricker winger has shown what he’s capable of by beating players comfortably and even bagging himself a goal.
Jonathan Walters will surely have a role to play come midday Sunday. Making his return to Portman Road on-loan from Burnley, the experience midfielder could really give Town a boost in the centre, going forward and defensively.
Despite a forgettable start to the campaign I feel like the first league win for Town is overdue. Despite scoring a lot Norwich have also conceded quite few meaning opportunities will be available for the Ipswich striker.
It’s been no derby win since 2009, but fresh young players and a determined manager are now doubt ready. Surely it’s time the Canaries were put back onto their perch...