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The time’s nearly upon us for FA Cup action happening on Saturday when Luton Town come up against Reading.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Luton Town v Reading are shown below (plus the best game odds).
Luton Town fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 2-1 Championship victory against Bristol City.
In that match, Luton Town had 45% possession and 11 shots at goal with 5 on target. For Luton Town, the scorers were Glen Rea (17'), Sonny Bradley (61' Own goal) and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (68'). On the other side, Bristol City got 8 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target.
Their latest results show that much solidity has been shown by the Luton Town backline. The Hatters have been miserly, with the total number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their last 6 matches standing at 4. That kind of trend might not be sustained into this game, however.
Reading will go into the clash following a 1-2 Championship win over Huddersfield Town in their previous fixture.
In that match, Reading had 49% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Reading was Lucas João (52', 65'). Huddersfield Town got 7 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Fraizer Campbell (6') was the scorer for Huddersfield Town.
Veljko Paunović's Reading have converted 7 times throughout their latest 6 matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during those matches adds up to 7.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 17/02/2006 shows us that Luton Town have won 2 of these and Reading 4, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 0.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 23 in all which averages out at 3.83 goals per meeting.
The last league encounter featuring the two was Championship match day 21 on 26/12/2020 when the final score was Reading 2-1 Luton Town.
In that match, Reading had 43% possession and 4 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. The goalscorers were Tom McIntyre (9') and Alfa Semedo (41').
Luton Town got 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Kazenga LuaLua (90') scored.
The referee was Matt Donohue.
Team News: Luton Town
It’s a low absenteeism rate, with just a single fitness concern for the Luton Town gaffer Nathan Jones to contend with due to a largely intact squad. Eunan O'Kane (Fractured Leg) will miss out.
Team News: Reading
In an otherwise healthy squad, there is only a single fitness problem for the Reading boss Veljko Paunović to be concerned with. John Swift (Hamstring Injury) won’t be playing here.
Looking at these two, we feel that Reading and Luton Town should play out a closely-fought contest here.
A draw looks like a realistic possibility, but we’ll see what happens. Our tip is therefore for a hard-fought 1-1 draw at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Kenilworth Road Stadium (10,356)
Captain: Sonny Bradley
Chairman: David Wilkinson
Manager: Nathan Jones
Competitions: Championship position 14, FA Cup (Third Round)
⭐ Star Player: George Moncur
Usually deployed in the Centre Midfield position, George Moncur was born in Swindon, England. Having made a first senior appearance for AFC Wimbledon in the 2011 - 2012 season, the accomplished Midfielder has managed 2 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 13 appearances.