Luton picked up an unexpected three points at Ewood Park on Saturday and Graeme Jones’ men will be hoping to make it back-to-back when they host Millwall on Wednesday night.
Millwall picked up a point at the John Smiths Stadium at the weekend although they needed some help from the Huddersfield goalkeeper. Can they pick up a rare away win?
These two sides arrive into this fixture level on points in the Championship table. Both teams have picked up ten points from their opening nine matches and are still nervously glancing over their shoulders. Luton have scored twice as many goals as Millwall so far, although their defence has continually let them down.
Graeme Jones’ men were much better at the weekend with Jacob Butterfield back in the side. Izzy Brown was also very impressive with the Chelsea loanee setting up both goals. Although the Hatters defence was breached, it looked far more secure, and that bodes well for this fixture.
Millwall have been far from convincing in recent weeks, and their overreliance on 4-4-2 can sometimes hinder their progress. The Lions do create chances, yet they rarely score more than a single goal. They’ve scored EXACTLY one goal in seven of their nine fixtures so far, which means that they need to keep a clean sheet in order to win games.
Neil Harris has looked a frustrated man in recent weeks, and he must find a way to unlock his side’s attacking potential. However, he will be buoyed by the fact that Luton haven’t kept a clean sheet in nine home games.
Some Luton fans were concerned that marksman James Collins would struggle to adapt to life in the Championship. However, the striker has been excellent and looks at home in second tier. He’s scored five times in 810 minutes of football, and averages 1.8 shots per game.
He’s also scored twice in his last three appearances, and he will be in a confident mood ahead of this tie. The Lions are one of nine Championship sides to have conceded in every away games this season, and they are unlikely to keep a clean sheet at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday night.
The striker is 8/5 with Bet Victor to score anytime in this fixture and could be worth backing once again.
Although some fans would like to see Harry Cornick become more prolific, the former Bournemouth man has played an important role for the Hatters this season. The striker has scored three times and claimed two assists. He also takes as many shots per game as James Collins, and always works incredibly hard.
Although he might not get as many headlines as his strike partner, he is the man who will continue to push the Millwall defence, and they will have to keep their eye on him throughout the 90 minutes.
Once again, Millwall’s best route to goal is undoubtedly via a set-piece. Matt Smith has scored three times, and claimed two assists. He also averages nine aeriels duels won per match, although his height does give him a distinct advantage. At the other end of the field, both Jake Cooper and Shaun Hutchinson are also handy in the air, with the latter winning an average of ten aerial duels per game. They are useful in both boxes, and Luton cannot afford to take their eye off them.
Matt Smith is the 2/1 second favourite in the anytime goalscorer market with Paddy Power.
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