Luton vs Huddersfield
Huddersfield edged out Luton to reach the play-off final last season but it’s Luton who’ve had the last laugh as they’ve started the season really well again whereas Huddersfield look like a serious relegation candidate as things stand.
Luton have lost just one of their last seven matches and they’ve won their last two on the spin. Both by a 2-0 scoreline. And the win against Hull last time out included that amazing strike from Henri Lansbury before unleashing his lawn mower celebration.
Nathan Jones has done a good job to keep Luton up there as a candidate to reach the play-offs once again. Having players such as Elijah Adebayo and Carlton Morris who are both capable of scoring a good number of goals is a huge benefit.
Huddersfield gave fan-favourite Michael Collins the boot before appointing Mark Fotheringham before last weekend’s defeat at Reading. The Town job is his first senior managerial/coaching role and he was humbled to say the least in his first game. It’s too early to suggest that he’s out of his depth however we know very little about his credentials.
Huddersfield have won just once in their last seven attempts in the Championship and they’ve now lost four of their last five after the Reading defeat.
We need Luton to win either half for the first part of the boosted double. Huddersfield have played four away matches so far, lost all four, all while conceding at least 2+ goals in each.
Walsall vs Northampton
In the second part of the boosted double, we just need Northampton to score a single goal. Hit the back of the net at least once and we’re good.
Looking at the odds of this one, the mind boggles. What makes Walsall favourites? They’re struggling down in 17th place whereas Northampton have risen to 2nd in the table whilst boasting the best form in the league.
Walsall are also winless in their last nine league games. They drew 1-1 away at Stockport County over the weekend and their manager Michael Flynn said that they were ‘painful to watch’. A run of 12 matches without a win in all competitions must be putting him under pressure.
The Saddlers are also without their main striker Conor Wilkinson which starts to make sense of the fact that they’ve only scored one league goal in their last three attempts. Walsall also aren’t too great at the other end as they’ve conceded in 9 straight matches, surely Northampton get at least one?
‘Blistering’ is the only way you can describe Northampton’s form right now. They’ve lost just one of their last 11 matches in League Two and they’re on a run of five successive wins at the minute. They were beaten 1-0 by Doncaster Rovers at the end of August and they’ve responded by blowing away every side they’ve faced in the league since.
Northampton were missing their top goal scorer Sam Hoskins during their last match so if he makes the return on Tuesday night then we’re given an added bonus. He has bagged 11 goals in 10 games so far.
Northampton are the top scorers in League Two, they’ve scored 23 goals so far. Again, surely they score at least once at Walsall? That’s all we’ve tasked them with.