Luton Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
English FA Cup
Date: Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Kenilworth Road Stadium (Luton).
Sheffield Wednesday ended their five-game unbeaten run on Saturday when they could not do much to prevent a tough 3-0 defeat away at the red-hot Hull City side. The Owls are still pretty safe in the bottom half of the Championship ladder being eight points adrift of the red zone, but it has still been a very disappointing campaign for them overall in the second tier.
Can the caretaker manager Steve Agnew keep the team in the FA Cup before Steve Bruce arrives in early-February to take over on the bench? It would be huge for Sheff Wed to make it to the fourth round and face Chelsea in Sunday’s late fixture on the national TV. This is why we expect Agnew to send the strongest line-up possible on Tuesday night at Kenilworth Road Stadium where the Owls are to play League One opposition Luton Town in the third round replay.
Luton Town vs Sheffield Wednesday: Head-to-head
The first leg played earlier this month saw no goals in an eventful tie at Hillsborough.
Sheffield Wednesday were the more dangerous side on the pitch, but they just could not convert past a stubborn defensive line of Luton’s on the occasion.
It was the first H2H encounter between these two likes in 12 years.
Luton’s win would make the head to head record all levelled at 10 wins, draws and losses for each of the sides after this landmark 30th match-up between them.
Luton Town vs Sheffield Wednesday: Prediction
The hosts are chasing back-to-back promotions. They sit 2nd in the League One ladder after a streak of nine consecutive games without a defeat in all competitions. Nonetheless, the Hatters drew each of last four outings they played, including the weekend’s derby against 3rd-placed Sunderland. It ended in a 1-1 draw at Stadium of Light.
Luton previously played two successive goalless draws which confirms Michael Harford’s defensive-minded style. Given there is plenty at stake here in the FA Cup’s tie with the Owls (the potential clash against Chelsea and the visit to Stamford Bridge in the fourth round), we have reasons to expect a huge battle in a low-scoring contest on Tuesday evening.
Luton Town vs Sheffield Wednesday: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.75 (3/4)
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5).