Hatters Hoping To Keep Fighting With Win Over Royals

This Saturday sees Luton welcome visitors Reading to Kenilworth Road for a 3pm kick-off, as the hosts look to seek revenge against the Royals for earlier in the season.

On the last time of asking in November, Reading were in a period of resurgence having not lost in three league games, and eased to a 3-0 victory over Luton extending their unbeaten run.

The Royal’s triumph came as no surprise to the Championship new boys Luton, who were still struggling to find their feet, and played Reading off the back of three straight league defeats.

The league table suggests a Reading win is guaranteed again this time, with Luton hanging in the bottom three on the brink of relegation, and Reading sitting mid-table.

However, the recent run of results for both teams suggest otherwise - Luton are on their best run of the season, having not lost in six league games, and Reading are looking their worst having won only two of their last eight fixtures.

Going into this game, Reading will be without Matt Miazga who will be facing his second of three game bans for a bust up with Derby’s Tom Lawrence, which lead to them both being sent off after the final whistle.

The Hatters have no new injury concerns, and despite being rock bottom of the league should go into this fixture full of optimism having drawn with table toppers Leeds just four days ago.

Luton’s success at Leeds is just one example of how their manager, Nathan Jones, has helped reboot the side since his return there in May, during the league’s pause for the Coronavirus pandemic.

Jones had a previous stint in charge of the club, where he was statistically the best Luton manager of all time, but then left 16 months ago to take over at Stoke, before returning to Kenilworth Road.

Looking at both teams recent run of fixtures and form, and remembering anything can happen in the wild world that is The Championship, to me a Luton win and another Jones success could be on the cards.

Match Preview written by Sophie Reynolds.