Luton Town vs. Cardiff City
As Luton Town chase the dream of a first-ever Premier League appearance, they host a Cardiff City side desperate to avoid the drop on Tuesday evening at Kenilworth Road.
Luton Town were forced into a replay of their FA Cup tie against Grimsby Town on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home, while Cardiff City were beaten by Millwall 1-0 in their last outing.
After finishing in the promotion playoff places in the Championship last season, Luton Town once again have their sights set on a position in the playoffs in their attempt to acquire Premier League football.
The Hatters are currently seventh in the league table with games in hand on the sides above them and could lift themselves into the playoff positions with a win against Cardiff City.
When suffering a disappointing defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, Rob Edwards needed a response from his team. This was duly served when his side bounced back with a substantial 2-0 win away against Wigan Athletic, placing them behind Norwich City in sixth only by goal difference.
With only eight points separating third from 16th in the Championship, it is vital that Luton Town do not slip up against opposition lingering towards the bottom of the table, as the implications of a poor run of form could see them slide down the table at a significant rate.
The potential return of Carlton Morris to the side will be a serious boost for Luton Town’s chances of victory in this match, as the forward has been a vital scorer and provider in the Championship this season, dispatching 11 goals and assisting five in his 26 Championship appearances.
Meanwhile, Cardiff are in a serious battle against the relentless tide of a relegation battle and will be desperate to acquire a result in this matchup.
Cardiff currently occupy the 21st position in the Championship and are three points clear of Huddersfield Town and Blackpool, however both teams have a game in hand on Cardiff and if they were to win those it could cause some serious complications for the Bluebirds.
A major shortage of goals has been the issue for Cardiff this season, as they have the worst goal return in the division with a woeful record of only 21 – the second lowest in the division in comparison is fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield Town, who have only scored 25 goals this season.
Although, not all is doom and gloom at Cardiff, as new manager Sabri Lamouchi takes charge of his first game as boss in this fixture after Mark Hudson was sacked following the 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic.
Sabri Lamouchi is expected to install a similar style to which he deployed at Nottingham Forest, establishing discipline and shape into the backline and making Cardiff a strong unit defensively that will look to quickly distribute the ball forward in transitions and counter-attack on opponents.
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We say: Luton Town 2-0 Cardiff City
Although Cardiff do have a new manager in charge we believe that there has not been ample time for Sabri Lamouchi to have a sufficient impact on his side through coaching and they will fall short despite showing signs of improvement against Luton.
We think Cardiff will still lack a goal threat in forward areas and that Luton will eventually break the deadlock and win this game 2-0.