Odds released for Ipswich’s 2019/20 League One season

Odds released for Ipswich’s 2019/20 League One season

Ipswich’s League One odds released after Championship relegation

Ipswich Town’s relegation to League One was confirmed after a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City at Portman Road.

The Tractor Boys are the first club to be relegated from the Championship this season, with the draw leaving them 14 points behind 21st place Wigan Athletic but with just 12 points left to play for.

It has been a dismal season for supporters of the Suffolk-based club, who have seen their side win just four of their 42 league matches so far. They began the season with Paul Hurst in charge, after he left Shrewsbury Town to take over and replace Mick McCarthy.

Things didn’t work out too well for the former Grimsby Town manager though. He managed to win just one of his 15 matches in charge, losing seven and was sacked by the 25th October with a win ratio of just 6.7%.

Paul Lambert took over, with the club hoping that his considerable experience in the Championship and even Premier League would help get them out of the relegation mire. The former Aston Villa and Norwich City boss has had some impact, making the Tractor Boys much more difficult to beat.

But it hasn’t been enough and he has only managed three victories in 28, with 10 draws and 15 defeats. The damage had already been done, not just this season but going back several years in which the club have not really invested in the first team and it has eventually caught up with them.

Now that relegation for Ipswich is confirmed, attentions will begin to draw to next season and League One football. Lambert will have a big job this summer in revitalising the club and overseeing an overhaul of the playing staff to get them ready for a gruelling year in the third tier. But how well will the Tractor Boys do in League One? Sky Bet have already released odds, which we have taken a look at to see how bookmakers think they will do.

Cole Skuse Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse looks dejected as their relegation is confirmed.

What odds are Ipswich to be promoted straight back to the Championship?

The question on the Ipswich fan’s lips now is can they bounce back and gain promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking in the 2019/20 season?

As mentioned it is set to be a big summer at Portman Road, with there likely to be plenty of changes to the squad. To start with Collin Quaner, Will Keane, James Bree, Trevor Chalobah, Matthew Pennington and Callum Elder will all return to their parent clubs following loan spells.

They also have several players out of contract, including left-back Jonas Knudsen, striker Freddie Sears and club captain Luke Chambers amongst others. The big challenge for Lambert therefore will be to get his squad sorted as soon as possible to give them plenty of time to prepare for the new campaign.

He has already said that he would like to promote from within and give some of their young players a chance, but they will also need players who have played in the third tier before and if possible ones that have experienced promotion.

Despite question marks on regarding the clubs playing staff next season, bookmakers still believe that Ipswich Town will be one of the strong clubs in League One next season. Indeed Sky Bet are offering odds as short as 2/1 for them to earn promotion, whilst they are 7/1 to win the league title.

Luke Chambers Ipswich Town

Captain Luke Chambers is one of several Ipswich Town players out of contract this summer.

Odds suggest Ipswich will not suffer back-to-back relegations

When a club gets relegated it can often lead to something of a hangover the season after, which can make it difficult to bounce back. There are also examples of clubs who have suffered relegation in back-to-back seasons, such as Sunderland who dropped from the Premier League to League One recently.

Portsmouth are another example of this, they were relegated from the Championship into League One in the 2011/12 season and followed it up by going down again the following season into League Two.

Ipswich will hope that they do not follow a similar pattern to these two clubs, as a second relegation could prove disastrous for them.

Bookmakers do not think it is likely that they will struggle at the bottom next season though, with Sky Bet offering odds of 20/1 for them to be relegated which is huge when compared against the odds of 3/1 for Lincoln City (the only other club with odds available) to be relegated.