Norwich City’s ex-players, managers and celebrity fans give their predictions ahead of the Ipswich match

Ipswich Town v Norwich City in 2011.

Ipswich Town v Norwich City in 2011. - Credit: Ashley Pickering

It's the game that everyone is talking about, with opinions aplenty on one of the biggest derby days ever. We caught up with some ex-players, managers, celebrity fans and pundits for their predictions.

Bryan Gunn holds his heads in his hands after an Ipswich goal.

Bryan Gunn holds his heads in his hands after an Ipswich goal. - Credit: Archant

• Iwan Roberts (Norwich 2, Ipswich 1)

The talismanic striker never lost an East Anglian derby with the Canaries – and his goals won a few of them too. For tomorrow, the Hall of Fame member sees it clearly.

'You think a few weeks ago about how far we were behind Ipswich – and if Norwich beat them at the weekend, they go above them. That's some turnaround.

'Ipswich are strong from set pieces so that's something Norwich have go to watch. They've got great spirit too.


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'I think they will come up here for a draw and they will be ultra negative. But I think Norwich will nick it.'

Iwan Roberts. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY.

Iwan Roberts. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY. - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHI

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• Graham Everett (Norwich 3, Ipswich 1)

The boxing trainer is hoping for the perfect weekend – a successful British title defence for Liam Walsh in London tonight, and then a perfect Sunday at Carrow Road

'I think Norwich will win 3-1. We are in brilliant form and while I think Ipswich are a decent side they are very, very loose at the back. Our strikers are in unbelievable form at the moment and I have a feeling that Gary Hooper will have a significant role to play.

Alex Neil is keeping everyone motivated and is doing a fantastic job. We have an Ipswich fan at the gym, Billy Bird, and I cannot wait to talk to him at 10 to four.'

Graham Everett. Photo: Bill Smith.

Graham Everett. Photo: Bill Smith. - Credit: Archant © 2013

• Mark Rivers (Norwich 3, Ipswich 1)

The boxing trainer is hoping for the perfect weekend – a successful British title defence for Liam Walsh in London tonight, and then a perfect Sunday at Carrow Road

'I think Norwich will win 3-1. We are in brilliant form and while I think Ipswich are a decent side they are very, very loose at the back. Our strikers are in unbelievable form at the moment and I have a feeling that Gary Hooper will have a significant role to play.

Alex Neil is keeping everyone motivated and is doing a fantastic job. We have an Ipswich fan at the gym, Billy Bird, and I cannot wait to talk to him at 10 to four.'

Mark Rivers. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Mark Rivers. Photo: Nick Butcher. - Credit: EDP pics © 2003 (01603) 77243

• Darren Eadie (Norwich 3, Ipswich 1)

The boxing trainer is hoping for the perfect weekend – a successful British title defence for Liam Walsh in London tonight, and then a perfect Sunday at Carrow Road

'I think Norwich will win 3-1. We are in brilliant form and while I think Ipswich are a decent side they are very, very loose at the back. Our strikers are in unbelievable form at the moment and I have a feeling that Gary Hooper will have a significant role to play.

Alex Neil is keeping everyone motivated and is doing a fantastic job. We have an Ipswich fan at the gym, Billy Bird, and I cannot wait to talk to him at 10 to four.'

Darren Eadie. Photo: Simon Finlay.

Darren Eadie. Photo: Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

• Michael Bailey (Norwich 2, Ipswich 0)

The man behind our live coverage of the derby at pinkun.com and someone who has enjoyed all manner of derby joy and pain from the stands and press box.

'Does form really go out of the window for these games? City fans are dreaming of another derby day success – their recent run in the fixture has been special.

'Meanwhile, trepidation seems to be weighing down those south of the Waveney.

Michael Bailey. Photo: Simon Finlay.

Michael Bailey. Photo: Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

'It strikes me that regardless of what Town have planned for City, the form Alex Neil is coercing out of his squad has them looking and feeling unbeatable at the moment. Out of the stands and on the pitch, that's priceless.'

• George Burley (Norwich 1, Ipswich 1)

Last manager to get Ipswich promoted

'It will have an intense feel given the circumstances, there will be a red-hot atmosphere and neither manager will have to gee the players up. It's so important that the players keep their cool. You have to stay calm and disciplined because one moment of magic or one brief lapse in concentration could prove to be the difference.

George Burley.

George Burley. - Credit: Contributed

'I don't think either team can be seen as favourites. Norwich have home advantage, but Ipswich had a good win on Tuesday night and are the team that has been higher in the league for most of the season. Freddie Sears looked a special player on Tuesday night.' That sort of performance will give the whole team a lift going in to this game and may just give Ipswich the edge actually.'

• Stuart Watson (Norwich 1, Ipswich 1)

Chief football writer, EADT

'The logical, sensible part of my brain is screaming 'Norwich victory' at me. Ipswich may have won three of their last four, but they've conceded some sloppy goals and I worry that the in-form Canaries' creative midfield will be the difference.

Stuart Watson.

Stuart Watson. - Credit: Archant

'Then again, there's this nagging feeling at the back of my mind that keeps saying 'Ipswich can do this'. Limited they may be, but there is not a more hard-working, honest and close-knit group of players in the division. They've come a long way since the limp 1-0 loss against Norwich at Portman Road. An anxious, edgy, scrappy, feisty game should be absorbing, if not easy on the eye.'

• Kevin Beattie (Norwich 1, Ipswich 2)

Perhaps Ipswich Town's greatest ever player

'I've spoken to a few fans that are worried, but I fancy us – I really do. They're favourites, of course they are, but we've got two strikers in great form, we got a great result on Tuesday night and have one of the best managers in the business in Mick McCarthy. Mick will be saying to his players 'you're here on merit – just go out there and play your best'. If they do that then we could frustrate the home crowd.

Kevin Beattie.

Kevin Beattie. - Credit: Archant

'The boss (Sir Bobby Robson) used just say to us, 'who wants this the most today?' That's often the difference. A draw would be a good result, but I'm hopeful we can win.'

• Kate Riley (Norwich 1, Ipswich 2)

Sky Sports News presenter

'If the truth be known, I've seen Norwich City play more times than I have my beloved Ipswich Town due to work – the irony isn't lost on me and others! Unfortunately I can't make the derby, instead, I'll be watching the game via satellite in Doha, Qatar.

Kate Riley

Kate Riley - Credit: Archant

'This is quite possibly the biggest game in Town's recent history and, yes, that includes getting vital wins to pull us out of the bottom three after the Paul Jewell era. Those days seem light years away now.

'Town have picked up 24 points on the road so far this season. Here's hoping for another three before the weekend is over.'

• Liz Edwards (Norwich 0, Ipswich 2)

Chairman of Ipswich Town Supporters' Club

Liz Edwards.

Liz Edwards.

'The scenarios that play out in my mind seem to involve an early Town corner and a rocket header from Tommy Smith, 1-0. Then a 30 yard thunderbolt from Tyrone Mings – we all know he has it in him – for a 2-0 half-time lead.

In the second half we're under pressure, but a long clearance is nodded on by the masked marauder, Daryl Murphy, for Freddie Sears to outpace the defence only to be brought down. Norwich down to 10 men and Anderson curls the resulting free-kick into the top corner of course.'

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