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Luton Town FC vs Middlesborough FC Preview, Predictions, Betting Tips and Free Bets- Luton Town to make an instant impact
Luton Town make their return to the Championship after a 12-year absence this Friday when they welcome Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesborough to Kenilworth Road in the division’s opening fixture.
20 Oct 2001: General view of Kenilworth Road during the Nationwide League Division Three match between Luton Town and Rochdale played at Kenilworth Road, in Luton, England. Rochdale won the match 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Steve Bardens /Allsport
Luton FC Form & Team News
The Hatters went unbeaten at home all of last season, winning an incredible 16 of their 23 games at Kenilworth Road, and will view Friday as an opportunity to extend that run into the Championship.
Strikers James Collins and Danny Hylton, who were both integral to the side’s promotion last season, are expected to lead the line for the side on Friday. Collins’s 25 goals last campaign were a huge part of the club’s success and the former Shrewsbury and Aston Villa star will be aiming to prove himself at a higher level.
The side will come into the game having only lost two of their last 33 league games and will be hoping to make a great first impression under new manager, Graeme Jones.
Middlesborough FC Form & Team News
Middlesborough will be hoping that new manager, Jonathan Woodgate, can bring something fresh to The Riverside after a disappointing campaign under Tony Pulis last time out.
The appointment of Woodgate is an indication that the club could be looking to change their direction this season and this campaign may be somewhat of a transitional period for the club.
Tomas Mejias is likely to start in goal for The Boro on Friday evening, with first-choice Darren Randolph recovering from an injury.
Luton Town vs Middlesborough FC- Head to Head Record
Luton and Middlesborough have not played against one another since the 1994/95 season, where Luton handed Boro a 5-1 thrashing at Kenilworth Road.
Luton Town FC vs Middlesborough Match Up
All eyes will be on Luton striker, James Collins as he finally gets an opportunity to prove what he can do in the Championship.
The Republic of Ireland born striker has netted 20 plus goals in all competitions for three seasons running and has been waiting for a chance to prove himself in the second tier after spending the last few years in League One and Two.
The Hatters scored for fun last campaign but Middlesborough's experienced defence, especially under the tutelage of Jonathan Woodgate could prove to be an interesting match for Luton's direct attacking style of football.
Luton Town FC vs Middlesborough FC Key Statistics
- Luton Town have not lost a home league game at Kenilworth Road since March 2018
- Luton Town have only failed to score once in their last 20 games
- Middlesborough failed to make last season's playoffs by one point
Luton Town vs Middlesborough FC Tips
Luton’s impressive goal scoring record and home form, alongside the fact that they will be looking to impress on their first game back in The Championship, means that they are great value at 2.80 with Bet365.