Luton Town vs Liverpool recommended bets
Luton Town vs Liverpool match preview
Luton Town’s one and, so far, only Premier League victory came on Merseyside, so can they now beat the club from across that particular city?
The Hatters’ historic moment came at Goodison Park in September, with goals from Carlton Morris and Tom Lockyer downing Everton that afternoon.
However, since then, Rob Edwards’ side have managed to add just a solitary point to their modest tally, this coming away to Nottingham Forest, fighting back from 2-0 down to earn a share of the spoils.
A week ago, Luton were steamrollered at Villa Park, a late own goal scant consolation, conceding 3+ in a game for the first time since August.
The Premier League debutants are currently in the relegation zone and, ahead of next weekend’s glamour trip to Old Trafford, will the Hatters faithful have a famous victory to celebrate?
Well, this seems unlikely, especially given the fact that Liverpool are flying right now.
The Reds remained fourth in the table last weekend, making it back-to-back wins by swatting aside Nottingham Forest, with Darwin Núñez, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah all on target.
Overall, Jürgen Klopp’s team have won seven of their last nine league outings, their sole defeat coming in very controversial circumstances at Spurs.
Then, in mid-week, the record nine-times winners advanced through to the EFL Cup quarter-finals, ousting Bournemouth 2-1 at Dean Court.
Cody Gakpo broke the deadlock from close-range, before Núñez won it with an absolute stunner.
Here, this’ll be Liverpool and Luton’s first meeting since and FA Cup third round tie in 2008.
Back then, the Hatters, who were in the midst of three consecutive relegations, earned a 1-1 draw at home, John Arne Riise with a late own goal, before being battered 5-0 in the replay nine days later.
Thus, the Reds have actually won only two of their last ten visits to Kenilworth Road, so could an upset be on the cards?
Luton Town team news
Despite defeat at Villa Park last Sunday, Rob Edwards isn’t likely to change his XI too much, sticking with the 5-3-2, featuring Jacob Brown as Carlton Morris’ partner in attack.
Andros Townsend, who’s recently arrived as a free agent, has come off the bench in Luton’s last two games, but this’ll be his Kenilworth Road debut.
In midfield, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu could return in place of former Everton man Ross Barkley.
Predicted XI (5-3-2): Kaminski, Kaboré, Osho, Lockyer, Mengi, Doughty; Nakamba, Ruddock Mpanzu, Ogbene; Brown, Morris.
Liverpool team news
Jürgen Klopp handed starts to Caoimhín Kelleher, Jarell Quansah and Wataru Endō in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday but, by in large, he named a strong side for the win at Bournemouth.
To emphasis this, that was just Mohamed Salah’s fourth start for the club in the EFL Cup, one of which came in the final victory over Chelsea.
Here, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté will all return to defence, but Kostas Tsimikas will keep his place at left-back, with Andy Robertson sidelined.
Given the ongoing horrific situation he’s enduring, Luis Díaz isn’t likely to feature, although Klopp refused to rule this out entirely.
Alexis Mac Allister would miss next Sunday’s clash with Brentford if booked here.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Konaté, Tsimikas; Gravenberch, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai; Salah, Núñez, Jota.