Luton Town vs Cardiff City Match Analysis & Prediction
31/01/2023 10:45 pm
As Luton Town continue chasing the dream of a first-ever Premier League appearance, they host a Cardiff City side desperate to avoid the drop from the Championship on Tuesday at Kenilworth Road.
The hosts 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 hme, while Cardiff were beaten 1-0 by Millwall in their last game.
Luton are currently seventh in the Championship table with games in hand on the sides abover them and could move into the playoff spots with a win on Tuesday.
After suffering a defeat to West Bromwich Albion, Rob Edwards’ side bounced back with a 2-0 victory away at Wigan Athletic, placing them behind Norwich City in sixth only by goal difference.
With just eight points separating third from 16th in the Championship, it is crucial that Luton do not slip up against opposition lingering towards the bottom of the table, as the implication of apoor run of form could see them slip down the table quickly.
Cardiff are in a serious battle against the relentless tide of a relegation tussle and will be desperate to pick up a positive result in this game.
The Bluebirds currently occupy 21st place in the Championship table 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 Cardiff.
Cardiff have the worst goal return in the division with a record of only 21, which is the second lowest in comparison with fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield Town, who have only scored 25 goals this season.
However, not all is doom and gloom at Cardiff, as new manager Sabri Lamouchi takes charge of his first game as head coach in this game after Mark Hudson was sacked following the 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic.
Luton Town vs. Cardiff City Head to head
In the 20 previous meetings between these two teams, Luton have claimed nine victories while Cardiff have won seven, and they have drawn in four. Cardiff have scored 23 goals and conceded 26 in the process.
28/11/2020Cardiff City4Luton Town0Championship
16/02/2021Luton Town0Cardiff City2Championship
27/11/2021Luton Town1Cardiff City2Championship
18/04/2022Cardiff City0Luton Town1Championship
30/08/2022Cardiff City1Luton Town2Championship
Luton Town Team News
James Bree is no longer at Luton after joining Premier League side Southampton, with Alfie Doughty set to be the hosts’ first-choice right wing-back for the remainder of the season.
Allan Campbell will retain his place in the side in favour of youngster Louie watson in the midfield three, while forward Carlton Morris could replace Harry Cornick after returning from a calf injury.
Luton Town's Last 5 Matches
07/01/2023Luton Town1Wigan Athletic1FA Cup
14/01/2023Luton Town2West Bromwich Albion3Championship
17/01/2023Wigan Athletic1Luton Town2FA Cup
21/01/2023Wigan Athletic0Luton Town2Championship
28/01/2023Luton Town2Grimsby Town2FA Cup
Cardiff City Team News
New Cardiff manager could remain with the 4-2-3-1 formation that the team are familiar with this season, while Curtis Nelson will no longer play for the club after his contract was terminated.
Sheyi Ojo and Kion Etete are both set to be dropped for this game to be replaced by Rubin Colwill and Isaak Davis, with Callum Robinson leading the line.
Cardiff City's Last 5 Matches
01/01/2023Blackburn Rovers1Cardiff City0Championship
08/01/2023Cardiff City2Leeds United2FA Cup
14/01/2023Cardiff City1Wigan Athletic1Championship
18/01/2023Leeds United5Cardiff City2FA Cup
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