West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo believes Roy Keane will recover from a stuttering start to mould Ipswich into promotion contenders.
Keane took charge of the Tractor Boys towards the end of last season but is now facing a tough challenge in his first full season with just one point from his opening three games.
Now Keane takes his side to the Hawthorns to face title contenders West Brom on Saturday in a late afternoon kick-off which can be seen live on Sky Sports 2 and HD2.
Italian Di Matteo is also a newly appointed manager but has so far delivered the good with seven points on the board and he believes Keane, a player he played against many times, will come good.
"I think at the end of the season Ipswich will be up there. We had a few battles during our careers and I always enjoyed them. It was hard and tough but always fair," he said.
"Ipswich will be very determined because they want to pick up some points. They will come here and make our life as difficult as possible and they will try not to give us any chances."
Keane admits that the results and quality of play have not been up to standard and is aware that he must stop the rot before Town slip further off the pacesetters.
"We have not got up and running yet and we certainly have to improve in terms of results and in the quality of our play. We can't keep giving ourselves mountains to climb," Keane told Ipswich's official website.