Championship

Ipswich face Coventry with odds stacked against Andy Thorne

Ipswich and Coventry will be looking to kick start their Championship campaigns this evening when they go head to head at Portman Road.

Neither side has started this season particularly well and as things stand, they sit 19th and 20th in the table respectively after only three wins between them after six games.

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Tonight represents a chance to climb the table though with victory for either side pushing them towards the top-half. Then, they can put their form so far down to a slow start and really get their season going.

Ipswich in particular will be desperate to put in a positive performance in front of their home fans.

They did beat Leeds United in their last game on home soil, but the Tractor Boys have been far from convincing and with four defeats in their last five games, they need to make winning more of a habit.

Paul Jewell’s men were tipped by many as promotion contenders too, so they really do need to pick things up. With 16 goals conceded already, they need to tighten up their defence and let the attacking flair that they have at their disposal do some damage.

As for Coventry, they were expected to be in and around the relegation zone this season and after losing the opening three games; this looked as though it would be the case for the majority of the season.

However, they have been much improved of late with their first win of the new season against Derby County last time out meaning they have gone three games without defeat. They will want to keep this going in Suffolk this evening.

Their away form is very poor though. A 3-0 victory at Portsmouth back in April is their only maximum on the road in 16 league games. Also, despite the recent revival, defeat to Ipswich will make this their worst start to a campaign for 12 years.

There is certainly a lot to play for tonight as these two former Premier League clubs look to put on an impressive performance in front of the Sky cameras to get their 2011/2012 Championship campaign up and running.

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