EFL Championship: Game week 38
Stadium: Stadium of Light
18th March 2023
On Saturday, Luton Town aims to secure a spot in the top three of the Championship table as they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Luton Town is currently in a favorable position to compete for a place in the playoffs with three back-to-back wins, while Sunderland has been struggling in recent times and currently sits in 12th place.Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
After earning 49 points in their first 32 matches of the Championship season, Sunderland seemed poised to contend for a playoff spot despite being newly promoted to England's second division. However, the team's hopes of consecutive promotions have dwindled due to a poor run of form, resulting in a drop to 12th place in the standings. In their last five games, the Black Cats have lost four, including a heavy 5-1 defeat at home to Stoke City. Although they briefly halted the slump with a 1-0 win against Norwich City, they couldn't sustain the momentum, losing 2-1 to Sheffield United in their most recent outing. With only nine matches remaining and eight points away from the top six, Sunderland must start winning games to keep their playoff aspirations alive. Their next match will be another tough challenge.
Sunderland’s possible starting lineup
Gelhardt, Clarke, Ba, Roberts, Neil, Michut, O'Nien, Ballard, Batth, Hume and Patterson
Luton Town’s Form
The visitors playing on Saturday are in good form and have boosted their chances of promotion with an unbeaten run of five games. Starting in late February, they have won four games, starting with a victory over Birmingham City. They followed this up with an impressive comeback to draw 2-2 with Millwall, with Elijah Adebayo and Luke Berry scoring in the second half. In their last three games, they have secured three consecutive 1-0 wins, including a great victory over second-placed Sheffield United. Carlton Morris has been a key player, scoring in both games. As a result of their impressive form, they are now fourth in the league, seven points ahead of their rivals for the playoffs, and just a point behind Middlesbrough. They will be looking to continue their winning streak and secure their 18th win of the season to strengthen their position in the top six, and potentially contend for a top-two spot.
Luton Town’s predicted lineup
Morris, Adebayo, Doughty, Berry, Campbell, Nakamba, Drameh, Bell, Lockyer, Osho and Horvath
Sunderland vs Luton Town expert tips
Luton Town is currently brimming with momentum and aiming to break into the top three, while Sunderland is struggling to perform at their usual level and lacks confidence. Consequently, we anticipate another win for Edwards's team, and we forecast a score in favor of Luton Town, with more than 2.5 goals expected to be scored during the match.