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Stoke vs Luton: Our top betting tips
Stoke are dropping like a stone in the Championship table right now and really need to find a spark from somewhere. Will that be here? Find out with our Stoke vs Luton match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Luton to win
We kick off our predictions for this match here by backing Luton to win. The Hatters are on a three game unbeaten win but, more specifically, their away form is strong; they've lost just once in their last five away games winning three and drawing the other. Stoke, however, are in vastly contrasted form. They've lost four of their last five away matches and things don't look better when they're playing at home with just two wins in their last 10 and three defeats in their last three. It's hard to see them getting anything here as well.
A low scoring match
We now turn to the total goals market and we just don't see this game being loaded with goals. Three of Stoke's last five matches have gone under the 2.5 market with a total of just 11 goals seen across those five matches; that is just 2.2 per game. Luton meanwhile have seen four of their last five games go under the 2.5 mark – including each of their last three games. Their game average in that period sits at 1.6.
Here are the key stats & form guide for Stoke vs Luton
Can Luton push into top six as Stoke struggle?
On size and stature, most people might default to Stoke pushing hardest to get into the top flight but that is not remotely the case. The Potters are struggling right now as they sit two points above the relegation spaces. Luton meanwhile are sitting up in eighth place and just two points off the playoff spots. With Stoke desperately wanting to avoid a relegation battle and Luton keen to mix it up in the top six, the three points on offer here are huge.
It's been a tough time for Stoke of late with the losses starting to pile up. The Potters cannot expect any major help from the sidelines either with just the two players missing – namely Josh Laurent and Gav Kilkenny; neither of those are what you'd call gamechangers either.
Stoke Predicted lineup – Bursik, Wilmot, Jagielka, Fox, Sterling, Tymon, Thompson, Baker, Smallbone, Powell, Campbell
Luton have ended a three game winless win prior to this match with a 1-0 away win at Blackpool so mass changes to the XI are unlikely. Sonny Bradley and Henri Lansbury – two big personalities in the squad – will be missing through injury.
Luton Predicted lineup – Horvath, Potts, Lockyer, Bree, Bell, Berry, Mpanzu, Clark, Adebayo, Morris, Campbell
A quickfire FAQ on Stoke vs Luton
- Where is the match being hosted? – Bet365 Stadium
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Stoke
- What time does the match kick off? 7 45 PM GMT