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Mathie tips Ipswich for derby win

Venue: Carrow Road Date: Sunday, 7 December Kick-off: 1315 GMT
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio Suffolk and Radio 5 Live; Updates on BBC Sport website
by Mark Matthews

Alex Mathie
Mathie scored 47 goals for Ipswich between 1995 and 1998

The legend goes that if you score for Ipswich against Norwich you gain legendary status in Suffolk.

Therefore Alex Mathie has a special place in the affections of Town fans.

The Scottish striker's hat-trick against the Canaries in 1998 is still talked about when each East Anglian derby comes around.

On Sunday Mathie will be in the Carrow Road commentary box with BBC Radio Suffolk to see his first derby since leaving Portman Road 10 years ago.

The former Celtic junior, who also played for Newcastle, Dundee United and Preston, has a great affection for the battle over bragging rights between Norfolk and Suffolk.

I think Ipswich are the ones to beat, Norwich are in a bit of a sticky spell but it's a big game for both clubs

Alex Mathie
He said: "It's very intense, you're very nervous until the kick-off but it's enjoyable to play in once you get started.

"You can feel there is a lot of pressure from the fans and on the players because they want to do so well against each other."

Mathie still has fond memories of the 42-minute hat-trick against Norwich in February 1998, the highlight of his time with Ipswich.

"I scored after just 90 seconds which settles everybody down," he recalls. "We'd worked on that move in training and it just got better and better from there.

"Unfortunately I pulled my calf after seven or eight minutes but the adrenalin kept me going until half-time."

Despite some fans being apprehensive about the trip to Norfolk, Mathie is tipping Ipswich to take all three points at Carrow Road.

"I think Ipswich are the ones to beat, Norwich are in a bit of a sticky spell but it's a big game for both clubs."

East Anglian derby facts
Sunday's match will be the 82nd league meeting between the sides
Ipswich are unbeaten in their last three trips to Carrow Road
John Wark is Ipswich's all-time top scorer against Norwich with 9 goals
Ipswich have slipped to 11th in the Championship table after winning just one of their last four games, but that is still 10 places higher than the struggling Canaries.

Norwich have now slumped to 21st in the table after a poor November which saw them pick up just four points out of a possible 18.

Since their stunning 5-2 win over Championship leaders Wolves on 21 October and the 2-1 home win over Doncaster Rovers that followed on the Saturday, they have won just once in seven games.

And they have picked up just one point at home in that time, their only win having been on the road at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest.

Recent East Anglian derby form does not favour the Canaries either.

Ipswich are unbeaten in their two sides' last five meetings, having won three of them.

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Norwich have not beaten their old rivals since Darren Huckerby's early second-half winner at Portman Road in September 2005.

And the Canaries have not beaten Ipswich at Carrow Road since March 2004 when the game was won by another East Anglian derby hero of Scottish descent.

Two goals from inspirational centre-half Malky Mackay in 10 early second-half minutes triggered Norwich's 3-1 win.

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see also
Norwich v Ipswich
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Ipswich 2-1 Norwich
13 Apr 08 |  Championship
Norwich 3-1 Ipswich
07 Mar 04 |  Championship


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