Can Ipswich push on for promotion?

Portman Road - Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town will be hoping that the next week will kickstart their hopes of reaching the Premier League.

Ipswich Town lie only one point outside the play-off places and will remain confident that they too can make a push for the automatic slots.

Mick McCarthy's men lie in seventh place on 61 points, just five away from Bournemouth who are the top of a pack of five teams split by a single point.

Ipswich's form has stuttered of late with a draw and two defeats in March following their 4-2 win over Birmingham City, but they play three of the top six in their next four games and will be aware if they can get results in those games they will be in the middle of the promotion mix for certain.

Three games in seven days next week could make or break their season with tricky away trips to Middlesbrough and Watford sandwiching a home game against Bolton. However, despite their recent sluggish form their players are upbeat about their chances of breaking back into the top six.

Tractor Boys midfielder Jay Tabb was quoted on the GazetteLive website as saying that Ipswich have a "great chance" of breaking into the top two places if they can put together a winning run.

"There are still 30 points to play for and the top two is still within our grasp" he said.

"In previous years teams have run away with it but everyone down to us and even Wolves is still looking at the top two."

Ipswich will need to shore up a defence that hasn't kept a clean sheet in eight games since the end of January and improve an away record which has seen them win twice in their last seven trips away from Portman Road in 2015.

However, the recent loan signing of New Zealand international Chris Wood from Leicester City will bolster a front line which includes the division's top scorer Darryl Murphy who has struck 22 times this campaign and manager McCarthy will hope those two can help fire the Tractor Boys back up the table.

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