Luton Town and Middlesbrough will face each other in a match that they both must win to maintain some level of pressure on Sheffield United.
As the third and fourth-placed teams in the Championship standings, they go into the game at Kenilworth Road with a seven and eight-point gap behind the Blades, respectively.
Luton Town has every reason to be pleased with their current form as they are on an unbeaten streak of 11 games. During this run, they have secured seven wins and four draws.
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Furthermore, their impressive performances have virtually ensured that they will have the home advantage in the second leg of the playoffs. Therefore, their focus in the upcoming triple-header matches to end the regular season is to maintain their high level of performance.
Luton Town-Middlesbrough match preview
Luton Town had to settle for a 1-1 draw against 10-man Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in their previous game, which denied them a third consecutive victory. However, the draw meant that Rob Edwards’ team extended their unbeaten run to 11 games, winning seven and drawing four since their 1-0 defeat against the current league leaders, Burnley, in February.
Luton currently sits in third place in the EFL Championship table with 75 points from 43 games. They are one point and one place above Middlesbrough, who will be their opponents on Monday.
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Middlesbrough, on the other hand, put in an impressive team performance as they came from behind to beat Hull City 3-1 in their last match, following a 5-1 victory over Norwich City at the Riverside Stadium, which ended their three-game winless run. As they aim for their third successive win, Middlesbrough will visit Kenilworth Road, where they have failed to secure a victory in their last three visits since August 2019.
Luton Town possible starting lineup:
Horvath; Lockyer, Bradley, Bell; Drameh, Nakamba, Mpanzu, Doughty; Campbell; Morris, Woodrow
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Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Smith, McNair, Lenihan, Giles; Howson, Hackney; Jones, Akpom, Forss; Archer
Luton Town-Middlesbrough prediction
An exciting match is expected between Luton and Middlesbrough as both teams are separated by only one point in the standings. Nevertheless, Luton has been very strong at home in recent weeks, and the prediction is that they will win the game.
Prediction: Luton Town 2–1 Middlesbrough
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Date, kick-off time, venue
The English Championship match between Luton Town and Middlesbrough is scheduled to be played at 8 pm BST/3 pm ET at Kenilworth Road.