Reading vs Luton Town Match Analysis & Prediction

Reading

19/04/2023 10:00 pm

Luton Town

Luton Town travel to face Reading on Wednesday night knowing that only a victory will do if they are to retain any hope of automatic promotion from the Championship.

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While the hosts occupy 22nd place in the table, a spot in the relegation zone on goal difference, Luton sit five points adrift of second-placed Sheffield United.

The Luton fanbase were initially unconvinced former Watford head coach Rob Edawrds, yet Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Rotherham United extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches.

The Hatters’ only defeat in 16 matches is a 1-0 home loss to Burnley, and Edwards will be desperate to retain that form ahead of their likely perticipation in the playoffs for the second season in succession.

Holding a nine-point lead over fifth place, Luton have nearly secured a home second leg in the playoff semi-finals, something which may prove to be the difference when the stakes are so high.

Luton also possess the second-best away record in the division, picking up 39 points from their 21 matches away from Kenilworth Road.

Reading can counter that by avoiding defeat in their three most recent home matches, securing draws with Birmingham City, Hull City and Burnley.

In the wake of Paul Ince being sacked, holding the latter to a goalless draw was one of Reading’s result of the season, and potentially their most important.

Interim manager Noel Hunt knows that he realistically must end a nine-game winless run sooner rather than later, but another draw on Wednesday would be gratefully welcome.

The Royals have not conceded more than twice in a single game since March 4, a run that includes eight matches, although they are facing a team who possess the best defensive away record in the division.

Reading vs. Luton Town Head to head

In the 23 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Reading have claimed 11 victories while Luton have won seven, and they have drawn in five. Luton have scored 20 goals and conceded 38 in the process.

  • 09/01/2021
    Luton Town
    1
    Reading
    0
    FA Cup
  • 21/04/2021
    Luton Town
    0
    Reading
    0
    Championship
  • 19/01/2022
    Reading
    0
    Luton Town
    2
    Championship
  • 07/05/2022
    Luton Town
    1
    Reading
    0
    Championship
  • 01/11/2022
    Luton Town
    0
    Reading
    0
    Championship

Reading Team News

Andy Carroll may be restored to the Reading XI after he replaced youngster Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan for the final 28 minutes against Burnley.

Barring any injury concerns, Hunt will likely want to retain the rest of the team after they made such a strong impression against the league leaders.

Reading's Last 5 Matches

  • 18/03/2023
    Reading
    1
    Hull City
    1
    Championship
  • 01/04/2023
    Bristol City
    1
    Reading
    1
    Championship
  • 07/04/2023
    Reading
    1
    Birmingham City
    1
    Championship
  • 10/04/2023
    Preston North End
    2
    Reading
    1
    Championship
  • 15/04/2023
    Reading
    0
    Burnley
    0
    Championship

Luton Town Team News

Edwards will need to decide whether to retain Sonny Bradley in the Luton starting XI after the defender played 90 minutes for the first time on Sunday since before the World Cup.

Alfie Doughty remains an injury, while either Luke Berry or Luke Freeman could take the place of Allan Campbell if an alteration is made.

Luton Town's Last 5 Matches

  • 18/03/2023
    Sunderland
    1
    Luton Town
    1
    Championship
  • 01/04/2023
    Luton Town
    2
    Watford
    0
    Championship
  • 07/04/2023
    Millwall
    0
    Luton Town
    0
    Championship
  • 10/04/2023
    Luton Town
    3
    Blackpool
    1
    Championship
  • 15/04/2023
    Rotherham United
    0
    Luton Town
    2
    Championship

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