2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week 16 – Tuesday

Luton Town welcome Middlesbrough to Kenilworth Road in an early must-win encounter in the race for this season’s Championship Play-Offs.

Should Huddersfield lose away at Peterborough, victory could see Luton climb to fifth for at least 24 hours whereas Boro themselves know that a victory could send them fifth too if results elsewhere swing their way.

 

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Luton have no fresh injury concerns to report as Luke Berry remains absent with a knee injury.

Middlesbrough could be without Uche Ikpeazu after the striker suffered a leg injury just before half-time in Saturday’s loss at home to Birmingham City.

Martin Payero (knock) is a doubt but Grant Hall, Dael Fry (both groin), Marcus Browne (knee) and Marc Bola (unspecified) remain absent.

 

Stat Attack

  • Luton have lost just one of four previous Sky Bet Championship meetings against Middlesbrough (W1, D2, L1).
  • Middlesbrough are winless in their last five visits to Kenilworth Road (D3, L2).
  • Luton have kept clean sheets in their last three home matches (W2, D1).
  • Boro’s last six league matches have finished in 2-0 results with the Teessiders winning four of those matches (W4, L2).
  • Nathan Jones’ Hatters have lost their two matches refereed by Tim Robinson this season, although both defeats came away from Kenilworth Road at West Brom and Bournemouth respectively.

 

Prediction

Having fallen to a surprise defeat at Preston on Saturday following a rare uncharacteristic performance, Luton definitely will be keen to produce a reaction because they do have the quality to win this match but defending has been their biggest inconsistency of the season.

Middlesbrough will feel disappointed to have not snatched at least a point from Saturday’s loss to Birmingham City, especially after matching the Midlands club in quality but they simply failed to adapt appropriately following Ikpeazu’s injury which proved costly in the end.

Either way both teams conceded twice on Saturday so defending could well be the key but if Luton are back firing on all cylinders, I wouldn’t be surprised if they have the edge here in what should be a competitive game but don’t write off a draw here.

Prediction: Luton 1-1 Middlesbrough

Result: Luton 3-1 Middlesbrough

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