East is East
Having missed the chance to visit our friends in Suffolk last season, it was naturally one of the first fixtures most City fans looked for when the Football League announced them in June.
No doubt most Norwich fans would have hoped that by the time the fixture came, City would have been looking forward to another season in England's second tier, having avoided the drop - job done then in that respect!
Fast forward 10 months and we find ourselves in the shadows of a looming East Anglian derby, holding arguably more significance than the early Christmas present in December 2003. Other than a bad day at the office away to Swansea, Norwich has soaked up the promotion pressure like a sponge and will be hitting the A140 with the wind fully in their sails.
It all looks a little better for the boys in blue after several months of Roy Keane related anguish, with a new manager back from the football wilderness, who based on their results he seems to have had an impact.
This is a season of preparation for them obviously, with nothing more than a ridiculous outside chance/risk of anything other than Championship football next season - as a result they have already started blooding Paul's next jewels and some even seem to know where the goal is.
Our Norwich team is tried and tested, we know what to expect and to be honest if Ipswich don't then shame on them. We play for 95 minutes every game, Holt will score goals and Hoolahan will turn defenders inside out until their breakfast revisits them.
When the two teams met in November, the sending off changed the complexion of the game, but the opinion of most would suggest that it didn't alter the outcome. Norwich were already proving their worth and storming towards a points total which they felt would be sufficient to keep them safe.
For those who love their stats, after 19 games Norwich were averaging 1.58 points per game. 23 games later and the average has grown to 1.76, near enough guaranteeing a playoff place.
I'm not the sort of fan who claims we are not ready to be promoted, if you stay ready then you don't need to get ready. We took a winning habit from last season into this one and I don't see why it can't continue for 4 more games, regardless of the opposition.
So, where does this leave us? Ipswich are desperate to avenge a humiliating defeat, but ultimately do not have much else to play for. Norwich have only 2 defeats in the last 14 games, although both are away from home to teams in the top half of the table - a win will put them in second place, with Cardiff playing a QPR team on Saturday who know that a point could see them promoted.
Bookies have labelled Ipswich the favourites, so why not celebrate our victory with a few extra beers courtesy of Ladbrokes (other bookmakers are available).
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