Afternoon all! It's not often that we have a Championship game on Sunday, but the Old Farm derby certainly justifies the spotlight. It's one of the bigger local rivalries in English football and given the league table, today's game is even more important! Kickoff is in just over half an hour, so let's get to the team news...
The Canaries, along with Nottingham Forest, are the in-form team in the Championship, but Alex Neil still makes a change to his starting lineup from Tuesday's 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers. It comes in central midfield as Graham Dorrans drops to the bench, with Alexander Tettey getting the nod ahead of the West Bromwich Albion loanee.
Mick McCarthy makes two changes to his starting lineup for the short trip up to Norfolk. Richard Chaplow makes his full debut on the right of midfield, while Jay Tabb is preferred to Jonathan Parr on the other wing.
There are two new names on the Ipswich bench today, with new loan signing Chris Wood named as a substitute and he is joined by 17-year-old academy player Kundai Benyu, who is in the senior squad for the first time. McCarthy certainly isn't afraid to make big calls!
It's likely that Ipswich will be very narrow in midfield, with neither Chaplow or Tabb an out-and-out wideman. The Tractor Boys go to Carrow Road above Norwich in the table, but the home side are no doubt favourites because of their fine recent form.
The Canaries have won five games in a row to move into the top six and they are just a point behind arch rivals Ipswich going into this game. Win and they'll be above the Blues for the first time in a few months. Click here to see how the table looks going into today's match - the last of matchday 34. Most of the results went the way of these two yesterday, with Watford the only top-six side able to pick up three points. Top two Derby and Boro both suffered defeat to give hope to the chasing pack.
REFEREE WATCH! This match is often a tasty affair and the man tasked with the job of keeping it in order is Paul Tierney, who recently took charge of another feisty game when Leeds United hosted Millwall.
Norwich have fared much better in the recent meetings between these two sides, winning their last three games against the Tractor Boys by an aggregate score of 10-2 (4-1, 5-1, 1-0). They've never won four in a row against their bitter rivals.
However, Ipswich do hold the better overall record with 40 wins to Norwich's 37. Blues fans will also be quick to tell you that their trophy cabinet is much fuller with an FA Cup and UEFA Cup success to their names.
PREDICTION TIME! Less than 10 minutes until kickoff now in what is sunny Norfolk today. It's one of the oldest cliches in the book, but form shouldn't really have an impact today. It's a massive occasion for both clubs and it will be about who handles it better on the day. Norwich have more talent at their disposal and I fancy the hosts to edge it 2-1.
Norwich might have the better quality throughout their squad, but Ipswich do possess the Championship's top marksman in Daryl Murphy, who is having the best season of his career with 21 goals. He's the only man in the Championship to pass the 20-goal mark.
Oddly, Ipswich are attacking the end nearest their supporters in the first half. The sun is in Norwich keeper Ruddy's eyes and maybe that was a move by Norwich to ensure that Ipswich would be facing the sun in the second half.
First real opening goes the way of Norwich as Grabban attempts to burst into the box and is shepherded out well by promising Ipswich left-back Mings, who is said to have caught the eye of some big Premier League teams this season.
"PENALTY!" scream the Norwich fans as Grabban tumbles under the challenge from Smith. It was risky from the Ipswich defender, but it looks like he might have got the slightest touch on the ball and referee Tierney awards a corner.
CHANCE! First big moment of the match as Chaplow fails to see a ball out and Howson digs out a cross from the left. Ipswich just about scramble it clear from inside their own six-yard box. It all came after Norwich won a corner that shouldn't have been given as Bialkowski caught it when the ball was already out of play.
Little opening for Ipswich as Chaplow closes down Olsson's clearance and the ball loops into his path on the right edge of the box. Murphy is in support, but Chaplow's volleyed cross is too close to Ruddy.
The home side take the lead and it's another goal for Johnson, who scored the winner at Blackburn on Tuesday. Grabban makes a run down the right and his cutback takes a slight deflection off Berra's heel before making its way to the back post where Johnson arrives to slam home an unstoppable shot into the top corner. What a hit!
SAVE! Big, big chance for Ipswich to equalise as Bru wins the ball back and sends Murphy away down the left. His early cross finds Sears at the back post and the striker does well to cut inside past Olsson before his shot is kept out by the onrushing Ruddy. Excellent goalkeeping.
Johnson goes for another spectacular from 30 yards, but this time he pulls his shot well wide of the target. Norwich fans will certainly let him off for that given some of the goals he's scored this season.
SHOT! Sears is the danger-man for Ipswich at the moment as he unleashes a fierce drive from 25 yards that Ruddy does well to keep under control. Any slip-up from the Norwich keeper and there was two blue shirts arriving to tap home.
Apart from Johnson's wicked strike, it's been a fairly even half of football. It was Norwich's only real chance and Johnson stuck it away with aplomb. Ipswich have been very direct, but they have come close to an equaliser.
The stats show that possession-wise it's been an even half, but Norwich have certainly been more assured on the ball. Ipswich like to knock the ball long for Murphy, who's not having much joy against the Norwich backline.
Looking at the two benches, both managers have options to bring on if they need a goal. If Ipswich don't hit back soon, we'll surely see Chris Wood for a debut, while Norwich can bring on Gary Hooper and Cameron Jerome if they need to.
Neat work from Hoolahan and Grabban, with the latter moving into the area before his attempted cutback is blocked out for a corner by Berra. From the resulting set piece, Johnson meets it at the near post and gets way too much on it.
This game very much reminds me of the reverse fixture at Portman Road. Norwich scored in the first half and then just saw it out without creating too much. The Canaries are better on the ball, but Ipswich have had just as many threatening moments.
CHANCE! The ball breaks to Sears in the box after Bassong flicked a header against Olsson instead of getting a better contact and heading it out. Sears gets away a shot, but Norwich are onto him quickly and block.
It's extremely fortunate for Norwich as they take a 2-0 lead. Jerome shows good pace to beat Berra to a ball over the top and his shot hits Mings before richocheting off Grabban, who had no idea what was happening, and nestling in the corner.
Ipswich had started the second half pretty well and that's pretty harsh on them. Jerome's shot would have been saved by Bialkowski, but for it to hit Mings and then Grabban before creeping in is very cruel.
CHANCE! The game should be over. Ipswich lose the ball in Norwich's half and the hosts break with Howson. He threads a nice through-ball into Jerome, whose one-on-one attempt is kept out by Bialkowski.
More pressure from the Blues, but they just can't quite eek out a decent chance as Norwich continue to defend well. Around 10 minutes left now as Norwich close in on four straight East Anglian derby wins for the first time in their history.
CHANCE! Wood's first chance in an Ipswich shirt comes as he is left unmarked from Parr's cross but can only head over the top. Tettey was booked for delaying the take of a free kick and will now miss Norwich's next two games as it is his 10th of the season.
Even more importantly for Norwich, they go above Ipswich in the table. The Blues are far from out of it, but they have one of the toughest run-ins, while Norwich face only two of the other top-eight sides in their remaining eight games. Ipswich have to play five and three of those are away from home.
There was only one moment of real quality in the game and that came when Johnson slammed home the opener in the first half. After that, it was a pretty even game, with Norwich dealing well with Ipswich's route-one tactics.
Anyway, that's all we've got time for this on this commentary. Thanks for joining SM this afternoon for Norwich's fourth win in a row against arch rivals Ipswich - the first time they've ever done that. Overall derby win record now reads Norwich 38-40 Ipswich. The Canaries are closing in.