Middlesbrough vs Luton
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Middlesbrough are going through a tough phase at present. They desperately need a big win to set themselves back on track, and to instill confidence in players. Considering their home advantage, the impressive record at Riverside Stadium, and the fact that they are pitted against a newly-promoted Luton – the upper hand clearly goes to Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough vs Luton Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 3-3 draw, for which Luton had the home advantage.
- All h2h battles before this game had come in the period 1892-1995. During these years, the two had clashed a total of 27 times – and Luton recorded 12 wins, while Middlesbrough registered 9 wins. Remaining six fixtures were drawn.
- The two biggest wins belong to Luton – 5-1, 6-1 scorelines at home.
- Luton dominated these matches from the 1950s to 1970s, when they delivered ten wins. However, since 1972, they have won just twice.
Middlesbrough vs Luton Match Preview
Middlesbrough were held to a 2-2 draw on the road by Wigan the last match-day. Since the turn of 2020, the former have been struggling to post wins, and this game once again showcased that fact.
At present, Middlesbrough have a seven-point cushion over the relegation cut-off, but they need to start performing well, if they need to avoid some last-minute drama.
It surely gives them hope that despite their hardships, the team has managed to find the back of the net in 14 of their last 15 overall fixtures, and at home in every fixture since late November.
Meanwhile, Luton recorded a rare win the prior game week. They were at home, and had locked horns with Sheffield Wednesday. The scoreline was 1-0, in favor of the hosts.
It was just their fourth win in total since October, and it was at home. The squad has really been a disaster in away games. Without a good fortune on the road hereon, Luton will not be a part of the Championship next season.
Middlesbrough vs Luton Prediction
First and foremost, Middlesbrough are an experienced squad in the Championshiop, and they had finished just outside the playoff zone in 2018-19. At the same time, Luton were not even present in the competition, and were busy in the lower League One.
On top of that, Middlesbrough have the home advantage, and at this venue, they are on an unbeaten run of ten match-ups. This whole season, they have lost just thrice in front of the home crowd, and two of these were against teams in the top-most tier (including West Brom, the current topper).
On the other hand, Luton are on a 12-game losing run on the road, and recorded a combined scoreline of 6-37 in the process. They are also placed 23rd in a table of 24, and have conceded the most number of goals in the whole league, at 66. In fact, only two other squads have even let in 50 or more goals.
Taking these observations into account, it’s adjudged that Middlesbrough are overwhelming favorites this Saturday.
Middlesbrough vs Luton Betting Tips
Middlesbrough to Win @ 1.60 (3/5)
Half Time/ Full Time: Middlesbrough/ Middlesbrough @ 2.40 (7/5).