Only two points and two places separate Ipswich Town from Watford in the Championship but the blues know that they have their work cut out if they are to reduce the deficit at Portman Road on Saturday.
What is it about Watford that sends shivers down our spines and why do they always leave a thorn in our side; irrespective of where they are in the table?
Anyone who has the answer should tweet Mick McCarthy because I cannot put my finger on it and I suspect I am not the only one!
After so many years of watching the blues, I don`t think there has been another team that has consistently stolen a march on us with such depressing regularity.
The stats make poor reading so I won`t bore you with them but as we know, statistics are there to be broken so let us hope that this time; with our new found self-confidence and impressive recent home record, we can reverse what has become an all too familiar trend.
Town will again be without some of their first choice players. Luke Hyam is not an injury victim though but his fifth booking against Wolves means he will have to sit this one out.
Teddy Bishop and Cole Skuse are expected to miss out again too, as they are not completely over their groin strains and will not be risked. Anyway our stand-in players are doing us proud!
Both Stephen Hunt and Kevin Bru were a revelation in our last encounter and the home fans really noticed the difference it seems.
With more than one third of the season gone, Town are performing very consistently and what is even more encouraging perhaps is that for the first time in a long time, we appear to have some strength in depth so let us hope we can sustain it.
I am not totally convinced about our stand-in keeper Bartosz Bialkowski though. He still seems a little unsure of himself and of course was to blame for the goal when he misjudged a cross.
That said this is not the time to be too critical because our display against Wolves was truly outstanding and if we overcome what seems like a lifetime jinx and get all three points on Saturday, we will indeed have closed that Watford gap!
Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich