Luton vs Middlesbrough predictions and betting tips for the opening fixture of the 2019 Championship season. Can the newly promoted side cause a shock of will Boro get the three points?
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The Hatters had a season to remember in League One last campaign, they won the league on the final day of the season after setting the pace for much of the campaign, and now they find themselves back in the second tier of English football for the first time in 13 seasons. It is an exciting time around the football club with a new stadium expected to open in 2020 and some big fixtures in the Championship to look forward to including Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and their opponents here, Middlesbrough.
It was agony for Middlesbrough at the end of last season as they missed out on a play-off place, however, a run of six defeats on the bounce did the damage before a revival towards the end of the season almost got them back in the top 6. This season they’ll be looking for a minimum of a play-off spot and in the Sky Bet Championship outright odds, ‘Boro are 14/1 to win the league with bet365 and 4/1 to be promoted.
Middlesbrough to win – 6/4
Draw – 9/4
Luton Town to win – 19/10
It looks tough to separate these two sides, with Luton having a big advantage of being at home for their first game back in the Championship in what is sure to be a fantastic occasion. That means the odds for them to win do appeal, however, a draw could be the best way to play this match. Elsewhere, a punt on a 1-1 correct score bet could get our Championship betting tips for this season off to a flying start and it is probably a result both managers would be happy with.
Both teams to score looks the most obvious bet here and at 8/11, which provides a safe option for an early-season BTTS tip.
In the correct score odds, 1-1 is favourite (and one of our predictions) at 5/1. Luton to win 2-1 is priced at 10/1 or a 2-1 win for Middlesbrough is 9/1. A 1-0 Luton victory is 17/2 with Bet Victor or a 1-0 win for Middlesbrough is top price 15/2 with bet365.
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