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Luton vs Sunderland: Our top betting tips
Luton had been in pretty good form until they fell to a 4-0 battering last time out. Will they bounce back here as they host Sunderland? Find out with our Luton vs Sunderland match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Luton to shade it
We begin our tips for this match by backing Luton to win. The Hatters were hammered last time out but their longer term form is pretty decent with that Watford loss their first defeat since September; that means they had been on a seven game unbeaten run prior to that. Sunderland meanwhile have lost each of their last two games and three of their last four. Providing Luton have remained level headed about that defeat, they're well positioned to bounce back here and, given home advantage as well, we see them taking maximum points.
Going over 2.5 goals
We turn our focus to the total goals market now and we're expecting this match to have a few goals hence we're backing over 2.5 goals. Luton have seen three of their last five games go over the 2.5 mark with a game average of 3.0 goals. Sunderland meanwhile have seen three of their last four go over that 2.5 threshold with their game average in that period sitting at 2.8 goals. Three of the last five head to head games between Luton and Sunderland have gone over 2.5 goals too.
Here are the key stats & form guide for Luton vs Sunderland
Can Luton return to winning ways?
Make no mistake about it, losing 4-0 to Watford last time out would have hurt Luton but they're still only two points off the playoff places meaning the mood can change very quickly with a win or two. That's probably the same message being peddled in the Sunderland dressing room. The Black Cats have made a solid start to life back in the second tier as they sit three points above relegation and four off the top six; their next few results will shape what the rest of their campaign looks like. For both, a win here would be most welcome.
The big question mark here is whether or not Luton ring the changes after their 4-0 humbling last time out. With Gabriel Osho (suspended), Reece Burke and James Shea (both injured) all missing, we don't think major changes will be made.
Luton Predicted lineup – Horvath, Bell, Bradley, Lockyer, Bree, Doughty, Clark, Freeman, Campbell, Adebayo, Jerome
Sunderland have a rather ugly injury list at the moment including a couple of their key players – namely Ross Stewart, Lynden Gooch and Ellis Simms. There is some potentially good news though; Aji Alese could be considered for a place in the squad.
Sunderland Predicted lineup – Patterson, Hume, O'Nien, Batth, Cirkin, Evans, Neil, Pritchard, Embelton, Diallo, Clarke
A quickfire FAQ on Luton vs Sunderland
- Where is the match being hosted? – Kenilworth Road
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Luton
- What time does the match kick off? 3 PM GMT