Previous five meetings between Norwich City and Ipswich Town

Norwich's Jonny Howson celebrates scoring their first goal with Wes Hoolahan

The Canaries hold the bragging rights over their East Anglian rivals, but the Tractor Boys will be aiming to amend that at Portman Road on Sunday.

Norwich manager Alex NeilNorwich manager Alex Neil

The Championship heats up once again this weekend as Ipswich Town and Norwich City face off against one another for the first time this season.

When the fixtures were announced, it was the tie that both teams' supporters were looking for most. However, they may not have expected it to come so soon. 

With just three games played, the Canaries are second in the division having won twice and drawn once. Ipswich meanwhile, are sitting in mid-table after one win, one draw and a loss.

And the Blues will be looking to inflict defeat on their bitter-rivals, having not beaten them since April 2009, when Jon Stead scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner in a 3-2 win.

Unaware of the six game winless streak, Norwich manager Alex Neil has warned his players of a potential backlash, after the Canaries' play-off semi final victory in 2015. 

Speaking to Eastern Daily Press, he said: "I didn’t know it was that long and I don’t think it is a great statistic but it is one we want to make sure continues.

"For it to be that long tells you something. I would expect them to try and make it a hostile atmosphere and to whip up that intensity."

We take a closer look at Norwich's dominance over Ipswich in the past seven years.

May 2015

Norwich 4 - 1 Ipswich (Championship Play-offs across two legs)

After missing out on automatic promotion by three points, third-placed Norwich were drawn against Ipswich after Mick McCarthy's side surged to sixth in the late stages of the season.

In the first leg at Portman Road, Jonny Howson opened the scoring in the 41st minute. City weren't ahead for long though, as Paul Anderson equalised four minutes later.

Cameron Jerome celebrates with team mates and fans after scoring the third goal for NorwichCameron Jerome celebrates with team mates and fans after scoring the third goal for Norwich

A week later in the return fixture at Carrow Road, the game erupted into life in the second half when Christophe Berra saw red. Wes Hoolahan converted the penalty in the 50th minute but it was soon level again when Tommy Smith scored on the hour.

There was an instant reply from City as Nathan Redmond scored four minutes later, and the Yellows capitalised on their one man advantage when Cameron Jerome sealed the result with 14 minutes remaining. 

March 1 2015 

Norwich 2 - 0 Ipswich 

City's surge up the Championship was in full swing after Alex Neil's appointment in January.

Some feared that a derby day encounter against Ipswich would throw a potential banana skin, but Norwich eased to a 2-0 victory.

Norwich fansNorwich fans

Midfield maestro Bradley Johnson was prolific for the Canaries that season and opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a rocket that almost ripped through Bartosz Bialkowski's net. 

Norwich then killed the game in 62nd minute when Lewis Grabban bundled the ball over the line.

August 23 2014

Ipswich 0 - 1 Norwich

The teams faced one another for the first time in almost three-and-a-half years after Norwich's relegation from the Premier League.

Lewis Grabban scored his first East Anglia derby goal of the season with a header at the back-post in the 24th minute.

Norwich's Lewis Grabban celebrates scoring against IpswichNorwich's Lewis Grabban celebrates scoring against Ipswich

Despite a late onslaught from Town, Norwich held out to give Neil Adams a derby day win as manager, after so much success as a player in the green and yellow shirt.

April 21 2011

Ipswich 1 - 5 Norwich

It was total domination for Paul Lambert's side as a resounding 5-1 win over Norwich's fiercest rivals put them second in the Championship, and on the verge of a second-successive promotion.

City were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to an Andrew Surman tap-in and and an own goal from Gareth McAuley. 

Gareth McAuley (R) and Grant Leadbitter - Ipswich Town in action against Sam Vokes - Norwich CityGareth McAuley (R) and Grant Leadbitter - Ipswich Town in action against Sam Vokes - Norwich City

They were three up in the 73rd minute when Simeon Jackson converted Grant Holt's exquisite delivery.

Jimmy Bullard gave Town a glimmer of hope five minutes later, but late goals from Russell Martin and Dani Pacheco dealt further punishment to the home side.

November 28 2010

Norwich 4 - 1 Ipswich 

A hat-trick from skipper Grant Holt heaped the pressure on Roy Keane as his Ipswich side were outclassed at Carrow Road.

Norwich were 1-0 up after eight minutes when Holt dispossessed Darren O'Dea before slotting past Marton Fulop. 

Former Ipswich Town manager Roy KeaneFormer Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane

O'Dea put his mistake behind him with a close -range header just before the half-hour mark.

Holt was terrifying the Ipswich back-line and gave his team the lead in the 35th minute.

He continued to torment O'Dea, and two minutes later the Irish defender saw red after a professional foul.

Fan-favourite Holt completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute, before substitute Wes Hoolahan completed the rout two minutes later. 

Six weeks later Roy Keane lost his job. 

 

 

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