On Tuesday (January 31), Luton Town and Cardiff City will compete for three points in an EFL Championship matchday 29 matchup. On Saturday, the hosts drew 2-2 with Grimsby Town in the FA Cup fourth round. The visitors took a 43rd-minute lead through Gaven Holohan, but Elijah Adebayo and Jordan Clark scored for the Hatters.
For Grimsby, Harry Clifton won the game and forced a rematch. In contrast, Cardiff has not played since losing 1-0 at home to Millwall. The goal that Tom Bradshaw scored in the 26th minute stood out as the difference between the two teams.
They were just outside the relegation zone after the defeat, sitting 21st on 29 points, three points ahead of the bottom three. Meanwhile, Luton has 42 points from 27 games with a game in hand and is just outside the playoff spots on goal difference.
A win will propel Luton to 45 points, level with Middlesbrough, who are in third place, even though they are just outside the playoffs. That would give them even more reason to try their hardest to win on a field where they haven’t won this year.
Cardiff in the meantime with only three points between them and the drop zone, have a different battle on their minds. However, their 11-game losing streak is not encouraging. Both a routine victory and a clean sheet should be claimed by Luton.
Prediction: Luton Town 2-0 Cardiff City
There have been 65 encounters between the two teams, with Luton winning 25-23. In their most recent meeting, Luton won 2-1 on the road in August 2022. Cardiff has lost their last 11 competitive games, six of which ended in a tie.
In seven of their last eight competitive games, Luton has scored at least twice. In their last eight games, they have won. Five of Luton’s last seven home games have ended in draws, with both teams scoring goals in five of those five games.
The team that played Grimsby Town to a draw in the FA Cup last weekend is likely to see two changes at Luton. Alfie Doughty is expected to be Luton’s first-choice right wingback for the remainder of the season. James Bree has left the team to join Premier League side Southampton.
It is anticipated that Louie Watson, a young midfielder, will take Allan Campbell’s place in the lineup. After suffering a calf injury, the fit forward Carlton Morris is also expected to play in place of Harry Cornick.
It is unknown who Sabri Lamouchi, the new manager, will select for his first team. However, it is expected that he will make two changes to the team that lost to Milwall in their last match.
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