This is how the Championship form table looks ahead of Ipswich v Newcastle.
You have to say on the face of it, it doesn’t look the most inspiring of contests.
Ipswich are in 13th place on form over the last half dozen games, whilst Newcastle are 15th.
Both clubs have a record of two wins, two draws and two losses.
When it comes to goals, Ipswich have manged more than one goal only twice in these six games, whilst with NUFC it is only one – the less than impressive 2-1 victory over Wigan.
The end of the season has become a bit of a struggle for Newcastle and despite a far far better performance against Leeds on Friday night, Rafa’s team managed only a single goal – despite 19 corners and 22 shots.
Whilst Newcastle have only picked up eight points from the last 18, Brighton are top of the form league with 15 from 18.
This has allowed Chris Hughton’s team to go past Newcastle and now stretch the gap to four points and only four games to go.
Newcastle have been fortunate that Huddersfield have also faltered and have three wins and three defeats in these past six matches.
If they’d matched Brighton’s form of five wins in six, they would now only be two points behind Newcastle United and with a game in hand.
Brighton host Wigan at 3pm, the same time as Ipswich v Newcastle, then it is Derby v Huddersfield at 5pm on Sky Sports.
Would be nice to see a similar level display as we saw against Leeds but with the goals to show for it, then sit back 11 points ahead of Huddersfield and be able to ‘enjoy’ their match
Championship form table over the past six matches:
Ipswich’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Burton 1 Ipswich 2
Fulham 3 Ipswich 1
Ipswich 3 Wigan o
Ipswich 1 Birmingham 1
Cardiff 3 Ipswich 1
Barnsley 1 Ipswich 1
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Newcastle 1
Newcastle 1 Burton 0
Newcastle 2 Wigan 1
Newcastle 1 Fulham 3