Luton Town aims Premier League

Luton Town aims Premier League

Luton Town meets with a desperate Cardiff City in a match that will strengthen their hopes of qualifying for the Premier League. It will not be easy for them though as Cardiff is desperate for wins, avoiding the drop zone. These two teams are from different results on their previous matches. Luton is from a 2-2 draw during their FA match against Grimsby Town, while Cardiff suffered a 1-0 defeat against Millwall on their last game. When it comes to the league table, there are 14 places separating these two teams with Luton at the seventh and Cardiff on the 21st. Their meeting will be on February 1, 2023, at 3:45 SM (GMT+8), with Luton playing as hosts.

These two teams only had 65 previous meetings prior to this match, with the hosts having a slight advantage against the visitors. From those 65 games, the hosts were able to win 25 games, while the visitors only have 23 wins across their names. The remaining 17 matches ended up in draw by these two teams. These two teams last met in January 2022, where it was the hosts who took a 2-1 win. Although the hosts are the better team in this game, the visitors will not allow themselves to lose one more game. They can no longer afford to lose or they will have to say good bye to their chances in the knockout stage.

Luton Town

Championship: Luton Town
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This team is coming from a 2-2 draw against Grimsby Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and are now returning to the Championship. As much as possible, this team wants win not a draw or worse, loss. A win in this match could increase their hopes of entering the Premier League, which they are aiming for. On their last match, they actually had an advantage, but it is unfortunate that they were not able to protect that lead. Currently, Luton is at the seventh of the league table with 42 points across their name. This squad sits outside the playoff spot. A win takes them at the fourth of the league table with 45 points.

Luton will now be without James Bree who is no longer with the team, after he joined Southampton. Allam Campbell on the other hand is expected to retain his spot in their lineup. Additionally, Carlton Morris is set to replace Harry Cornick, who will be out due to his injury.

Cardiff City

Championship: Cardiff City

Cardiff on the other hand is from a 1-0 loss against Millwall, which is not a good result for a team who is in dire need of a win. In fact, that defeat made them sit just outside the relegation zone. They are now at the 21st of the league table with just 29 points across their name. However, a win could bring them to a safer place. This squad has a very difficult battle on their mind because they are a team who can be eliminated with a loss. They are in an 11-game winless run, and if they continue this streak, it will be dangerous for them. Due to this run, they failed to gain confidence as they come into this game.

It is still unclear who will be playing in this squad, due to the recent-appointment of Sabri Lamouchi. However, it is clear that Curtis Nelson will no longer play for this team, due to his terminated contract.

Prediction:

Luton Town (2.5)
Odds: -0.95

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