Luton (@2.1) vs Hull (@3.4)
21-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Luton will win

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Bookmakers make the home side obvious favourites to win the fixture and while they should oblige the first weekend showed the dangerous of taking sides at such short odds so early in the campaign. The visitors showed against Middlesbrough how committed they are to attacking so backing both teams to score seems the obvious call. Luton had three players get among the goals in the opening weekend but it is James Collins of the three who appeals most and backing him to net again here appeals against a Cardiff side who shipped three last weekend.

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Luton should get a good test from Middlesbrough this weekend after Boro finished up in seventh place last season. However, they slipped from a solid playoff spot late in the campaign, with Tony Pulis being hounded out of the Riverside following a dismal season with terrible football. Thats left the club demanding a more adventurous style going forward, but former centre-half and Puliss ex-assistant Jonathan Woodgate seems like a risky option when it comes to delivering a more offensive style.

while Boro will also look to entertain more under Woodgate and we think goals are the order of the day. Bookmakers are struggling to split the pair and you can see why as both have new men in the dugout and have seen a turnover in player personnel. Luton have been leaking goals in pre-season and it might take Jones time to get his system across. Over 2.5 goals looks the value call while over 3.5 also offers appeal.

Prediction: Luton vs Middlesbrough

With that in mind, were backing both teams to score as our tip for this clash. There should be more of an opening for Luton against this Middlesbrough, while the hosts will be confident at their own ground. They went unbeaten at home throughout last season, hitting 2.48 goals per game. Theyve got enough going forward to take advantage of Boro, while we expect to see immediate results for the visitors in their pursuit of attacking football.

With West Brom improving up front but remaining open we expect goals. Luton have seen over 2.5 goals in all three of their games so far, while theyve scored seven goals across those matches. The hosts will need to tighten up in the long-run, but their early high scoring games could lead to more entertainment at Kenilworth Road this weekend. The last time these two shared a division their two clashes brought nine goals in total, while were predicting over 2.5 when the pair meet on Saturday.

Bagging a hat-trick against Salford in their penultimate pre-season appearance, Britt Assombalonga has continued to catch the eye over the summer. Picking up a 1-1 draw against Saint-tienne in the final pre-season outing, Boro have lost just one of their last five appearances, with that defeat coming in a 5-1 hammering away at German outfit Heidenheim. Forming a blossoming relationship with former West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher, it is also worth noting that the DR Congo international scored four goals in his final five Championship matchups last season. As for the visitors, despite showing some signs of a fight at the back end of last season, Middlesbrough missed out on the play-offs on the final round of fixtures and a hostile environment saw Tony Pulis removed from his role. Now turning to former defender Jonathan Woodgate in an attempt to find a route back to the Premier League this season, the new man in charge at the Riverside has promised to bring a more attacking identity. While Luton may have one leading marksman enjoying a purple patch, Middlesbrough have their own leading man who is expected to lead their charge this season.

They have added talented midfielders who solved the issues in possession which the Baggies faced last term. On paper, the visitors are strong. Once that side clicks, we expect them to kick on under an experienced manager. However, defensively there are still questions about the Baggies. Thats seen a change in approach, with Charlie Austin now the main man in attack as West Brom look to replace the goals of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle.

Now hes tasked with taking the club to safety in the second tier, but the departures of Jack Stacey to Bournemouth and James Justin to Leicester have been big blows. Theyve appointed Graeme Jones after losing Nathan Jones to Stoke during the previous campaign. However, how will the squad thats leftover deal with their return to the Championship? Luton are on the back of successive promotions, but this is a new start for the club.

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However, maintaining the Pulis-level of defending is another story. That means that Boro are creating the right chances, they just need a system which will commit more men forward. If Woodgate can do that, hell get somewhere. Woodgate is expected to start with a 4-3-3 system which is set to include Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher, two capable forwards. There shouldnt be too much concern about Boros ability going forward, as they finished 17 goals short of the xG total last term.

The hosts will need to tighten up in the long-run, but their early high scoring games could lead to more entertainment at Kenilworth Road this weekend. Luton have seen over 2.5 goals in all three of their games so far, while theyve scored seven goals across those matches. The last time these two shared a division their two clashes brought nine goals in total, while were predicting over 2.5 when the pair meet on Saturday. With West Brom improving up front but remaining open we expect goals.