This is a tale of two teams that are big enough to play in the Premier League but also lack a little bit of key quality at the moment,
Ipswich have been struggling this season and there have already been rumours that there are people at the club calling for the manager’s head, although given time there is no doubt that Paul Jewell has the nuance and guile in the locker to steer the club to the playoff places.
Ipswich are normally slow starters and there is still a long way in the season to go and with the arrival of Jimmy Bullard from Hull this week there is plenty for fans to be optimistic about.
The Tractor Boys certainly have plenty of creativity with proven Championship goalscorer Michael Chopra leading the line and much will depend on the ex Cardiff man this season.
Leeds are a massive club and they have worked very hard to get to the position they are currently in. They already have a Premier League infrastructure and this season could be their season if they turn some early results around, although this year they have lost some key players through injury, with Luciano Becchio likely to be out until Christmas and Bradley Johnson departed in the summer.
The pressure therefore lies with front players such as Ross McCormack, who is still an unproven goalscorer at this level.
Leeds fans have already voiced their concerns with Chairman Ken Bates about the lack of investment going into the club and this could ultimately make the difference between promotion to the Premier League or another season out of the top flight.
A trip to Portman Road will be a stern test for Simon Grayson’s side and the winner of this game between two promotion hopefuls will certainly take confidence in their quest for the promised land of the Premiership.