Stoke City vs Luton Town match preview: Form, H2H and score prediction

Can they do it on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke? The expression, made famous by

Andy Gray back in 2010, is also a question every Hatters fan will be asking

themselves ahead of Luton’s visit to the bet365 Stadium.


Heading into the match following victory at Bloomfield Road, Luton find themselves

only a couple of points outside the Championship Play-Off places, with 2 matches to

play before a 4-week World Cup break. Once again, the Hatters appear to be going

about their business very much under-the-radar.


As for the hosts, not even experienced Championship manager Alex Neil appears to

be able to change the Potters’ fortunes.


Since making the switch from Sunderland in late August, Neil has overseen 13

matches and claimed only 4 wins, drawing 3 and losing 6.


From the outside looking in, Stoke’s struggles – much like our own – appear to be in

front of their own fans, with only 2 home wins from 9 attempts this season. In fact,

the Potters have only managed 9 goals across those home fixtures, blanking on 3 of

the last 5 occasions.


With the above in mind, Tuesday night seems like a great opportunity for Luton to

continue their great away form and top-6 aspirations.


Danny Hylton celebrates after opening the scoring against Stoke in the Hatters 2-1 win | Photo copyright of Gareth Owen/LTFC

Players to watch out for


Luton-born Lewis Baker is clearly the standout player for Stoke City, with 5 goals

and 4 assists so far this season. Baker also contributed 8 goals and 2 assists in only 21 matches last season,

following a move from Chelsea during the January transfer window.


Having experienced top-flight football in the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey, the

energetic midfielder is certainly one the Hatters will have to keep quiet.


Another local lad, Ben Wilmot, offers a threat from set-pieces while striker Tyrese

Campbell has the pace and power to cause problems to what could be another

patched-up Hatters defence.


Prediction


Luton welcome back Gabriel Osho after suspension but will still be missing Reece

Burke and Sonny Bradley so it remains to be seen which formation Nathan Jones

will opt for and who will play in defence.


Both teams aren’t exactly free-scoring but the Hatters have a solid defensive record

and know how to perform on the road. That said, it’s a huge ask for back-to-back

away wins so I’ll go for 1-1.


Date – 8th November 2022

Kick off – 19:45

Venue – bet365 Stadium, Stoke


Head to Head record (previous 8 matches)


Luton Town 1 win – 2 draws – Stoke City 5 wins


Date Result Competition


17 Feb 2007 Stoke City v Luton Town D 0-0 Championship

25 Aug 2015 Luton Town v Stoke City L 1-1 League Cup

10 Dec 2019 Stoke City v Luton Town L 3-0 Championship

29 Feb 2020 Luton Town v Stoke City D 1-1 Championship

17 Oct 2020 Luton Town v Stoke City L 0-2 Championship

20 Feb 2021 Stoke City v Luton Town L 3-0 Championship

06 Nov 2021 Luton Town v Stoke City L 0-1 Championship

23 Feb 2022 Stoke City v Luton Town W 1-2 Championship


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