England Premier League
Saturday 23rd September 2023
Kick off at 3pm BST
Venue: Kenilworth Road
It’s 4 games in and four defeats for Luton who are struggling with the reality of playing football in the top flight. The good news is that it only takes a couple of wins at this stage of the season to see a major difference in your standing and it is early days but at the same time Luton looked doomed for now.
The home side are not just bottom of the league but are the only side not to have picked up a point. They have managed just 2 goals so far and have conceded 10. The Hatters have faced no top six sides from last season yet and last weekend they lost against Fulham. Maybe in the clubs favour has been the fact that the fixtures have not been kind to them and in fact they have only played once at home so far which was a close 2-1 defeat against West Ham. We have seen time and again that newly promoted sides have stayed up based on their home form so Luton haven’t really had a chance of establishing home play yet and that means that this game will be a huge one against a club who have also struggled so far this season.
Wolves are in 16th place and have managed just 3 points from their opening 5 games. There has been just one win which was away to Everton but they come into this game having lost their last two in a row which have come against Crystal Palace and Liverpool and Wolves conceded three goals each in those games. Despite a slow start the club could find themselves in 14th place with victory here but they have been lacking rhythm. Confidence looks low and there is pressure on the club coming into this game as teams have been lining up to beat Luton so if Wolves are not on their game this could be a tricky fixture.
Luton: Ross Barkley is only 50/50 to return due to his hamstring issue, Jordan Clark won’t return for at least two months as he has an ongoing ankle injury. Gabriel Osho has a knee injury and will be missing for at least one month. Daniel Potts is also out long term with an ankle injury and isn't’ expected to return for 8 weeks
Wolves: Rayan Ait-Nouri has muscle fatigue but hasn’t been ruled out of this game. Joseph Hodge looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury and even though he is 50/50 he is being pencilled in to not return until the end of the month
Luton vs Wolves Head to Head:
The clubs haven’t played each other in 10 years and that was an FA Cup game in which Luton who were at home won 1-0.
Luton have only won 1 game from the last 7 when playing Wolves.
There is a 60% chance to see both teams to score.
Luton vs Wolves Prediction:
We can’t use the h2h for these games since the last league meeting between the two was over 16 years ago. We can only look at the evidence of play for which we have seen in the last month. It would be easy to call both sides poor based on their league position but in fact both clubs have played some good football and been unlucky in some games. Wolves of course can point to the opening weekend 1-0 loss at Manchester United where for large parts they outplayed them and deserved to have a penalty in an appalling decision by VAR which denied them that.
For Luton they have come close in some games and even when they lost 3-0 at Chelsea they enjoyed much joy in the early exchanges. The onus is on Luton to pick up the points here and the feeling for this one could be that both sides would be happy enough for a point. There is little between these sides but we will just nudge in Wolves favour with some of the experience they have.
Luton vs Wolves Betting Tips:
Wolves to beat Luton at 2.10
Half Time Correct Score: 0-0 at 2.75
Anytime goalscorer: Hwang Hee-Chan at 2.90
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