Saturday, April 13, 2024

Prediction: Tottenham vs Luton

Verdict: Tottenham to score in both halves

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Desperate to find a route back into the Champions League spots, Tottenham will welcome Luton to north London on Saturday afternoon.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, heading into March’s international break with a woeful 3-0 drumming at the hands of Fulham, Tottenham missed out on a golden opportunity to break back into the Champions League spots. Opening this weekend’s fixtures sat three points adrift in the top-four chase, Ange Postecoglou’s men should be excited to make a return to home soil here. Gaining plenty of praise under the former Celtic boss, Spurs have won three of their previous four Premier League showdowns in front of their own supporters. Rightfully tipped as a standout contender on Saturday afternoon, Tottenham will know the importance of making a top-flight statement this weekend. Clinching a gritty 1-0 win when they travelled to Kenilworth Road for their reverse Premier League meeting with Luton back on October 7th, Postecoglou’s men will be desperate to avoid a potential banana skin here.

Team News

In what could prove to be a massive boost for Tottenham this weekend, Spurs are hopeful that Dutch international defender Micky van de Ven will be able to make a timely return in north London. Likewise, notching 10 Premier League goals so far this season, former Everton striker Richarlison could make a first domestic start since February 17th.

However, all still dealing with respective injury issues, the trio of Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon and Fraser Forster will not feature on Saturday afternoon. Suffering EURO 24 qualifying heartbreak with Wales earlier in the week, ex-Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson could settle for a spot on the bench here.

Luton

As for the visitors, while Luton might have received plenty of plaudits since making a famous Premier League return this season, Rob Edwards’ men are still tipped as a leading relegation contender in 2024. Despite snatching a last-gasp point when they welcomed Nottingham Forest to Kenilworth Road prior to March’s international break, the Hatters are without a win from any of their previous nine appearances across all competitions. Suffering major heartbreak away at Bournemouth on March 13th as they eventually slumped to an action-packed 4-3 loss, Luton have continued to gain a reputation for their glaring issues at the back. Crashing out of the FA Cup back on February 27th as they suffered a 6-2 drumming against Manchester City, it should also be noted that Edwards’ side have shipped 13 goals in just their last four showdowns away from Kenilworth Road.

Team News

Handed what has been a real injury boost over the past fortnight, Luton are expected to be able to call upon the likes of Mads Andersen, Alfie Doughty and Arsenal loanee Albert Sambi Lokonga. However, still dealing with a long-term knee injury, former Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba will not travel to north London on Saturday afternoon.

Notching eight Premier League strikes so far this season and receiving plenty of praise, 28-year-old Carlton Morris will spearhead Luton’s charge this weekend. One-time England international Andros Townsend could make a first Premier League start since March 2nd here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Tottenham and Luton met for their reverse Premier League meeting on October 7th, Spurs picked up a 1-0 victory at Kenilworth Road.
    • Spurs have won three of their previous four Premier League appearances in north London.
    • Luton have failed to win any of their last nine straight appearances across all competitions.
    • Likewise, the Hatters have shipped 13 goals in just their last four appearances away from Kenilworth Road.
    • All of Tottenham’s last seven fixtures have finished with over 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    Heading into March’s international break with a nightmare 3-0 drumming at the hands of Fulham, it is no secret that Tottenham are seeking an immediate response here. Opening Saturday’s showdown sat three points adrift of breaking back into the Champions League spots, Spurs are rightfully tipped as a landslide contender this weekend. Winning three of their previous four appearances in north London and landing a 1-0 victory when they travelled to Kenilworth Road back on October 7th, we are expecting a similar home win here.

    Verdict: Tottenham to score in both halves

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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