Luton Town controlled 68% of the ball during that game and made 19 attempts on goal, scoring on six of them. Carlton Morris was the only player for Luton Town to score (81′).
Reading made 10 attempts at goal, only two of which were successful. Reading’s Andy Carroll scored in the 51st second.
The Luton Town rearguard can only do so much, according to their most recent results. Luton Town has maintained a close game; in their previous six games, they have only allowed three goals to find the back of the net.
Pre-game statistics reveal that in their previous two league games against Middlesbrough, Luton Town did not triumph. In their previous five league home games, they are unbeaten.
Middlesbrough will enter the encounter having defeated Hull City 3-1 in their previous matchup in the Championship. In that game, Middlesbrough had 55% of the possession and 7 of their 21 shots on goal were successful.
Hayden Hackney (55′), Cameron Archer (58′), and Chuba Akpom (61′) scored goals for Middlesbrough. Hull City made 7 attempts at goal against them, scoring 3 of them. Hull City scored in the 41st minute through Allahyar Sayyadmanesh.
Up to 6 of the previous 6 games involving Middlesbrough had at least three goals scored in them. The overall average number of goals scored per game during that time was 4.5, with Middlesbrough averaging 2.83.
We’ll just have to see if that pattern holds true in this game, historical results aside. Middlesbrough had lost its last two league games away from home coming into this match.
Luton vs Middlesbrough – Betting Analysis
An analysis of their most recent head-to-head matches, which date back to February 15, 2020, reveals that Luton Town has won two of them and Middlesbrough has won three, with one game being drawn.
The two teams combined for 14 goals in these matches, with The Hatters scoring 7 of them and The Boro contributing 7 of them. That equals 2.33 goals per game on average.
The teams’ most recent league encounter took place on Championship Match Day 22 on December 10, 2022, with Middlesbrough defeating Luton Town 2-1.
Middlesbrough had 3 of their 17 shots on goal at that point, with 66% of their team’s possession. Chuba Akpom (38′) and Matt Crooks (91′) scored the goals.
Luton Town made 3 attempts at goal at the other end, with 1 of them finding the back of the net. (33′) Jordan Clark scored. Gavin Ward served as the referee.
Rob Edwards, the manager of Luton Town, will be appreciative that his team is fully healthy and prepared for this match, and that he has no fitness concerns at all.
Ethan Horvath, Sonny Bradley, Tom Lockyer, Amarii Bell, Cody Drameh, Marvelous Nakamba, Allan Campbell, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Alfie Doughty, Carlton Morris, and Elijah Adebayo are likely to play in a 3-5-2 formation for The Hatters.
Only one player’s fitness is a concern for Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick in an otherwise fully-fit squad. Matt Clarke is unable to play in this match due to back issues.
Zack Steffen, Tom Smith, Patrick Mcnair, Darragh Lenihan, Ryan Giles, Jonathan Howson, Hayden Hackney, Alex Mowatt, Chuba Akpom, Marcus Forss, and Cameron Archer are likely to start for The Boro in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Our opinion is that Middlesbrough may find it difficult to defeat Luton Town, who we believe should score and maintain the lead.
What are the best odds for the game?
Turning to the betting odds on the WDW market, victory for Luton Town is available for 2.42, backing a drawn result is 3.38 and selecting the winner to be Middlesbrough is 3.01. These are the most competitive prices on offer at the current time.
Luton vs Middlesbrough – Head -to- Head
Our Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals