Tuesday evening at 19:45, Luton Town tries a surprise in the retreat of the 3rd Cup of England against Sheffield Wednesday. Luton is in good shape in the third league, while the rival is struggling in mediocrity in the second league. Both bands have new managers on the bench, who want to assert themselves at the start of the adventure, but the figures seem to favor the hosts.
The tour was 0-0 on Hillsborough, a surprising result, as Sheffield lined up a pretty valuable team at the start. The “Owls” had 13 sutures on the gate, but they failed to materialize, and the qualification would be decided on Kenilworth Road, near London. Luton has not reached the 2014 English Cup 4th round, and interim manager Mick Harford has begun with his mandate on the black-and-white bench: 1-1 in the Sunderland duel. Harford has replaced Paul Jones last weekend on Stoke City’s bench. Without losing 13 matches and 21 home games (!), Luton is very hard to beat in front of his fans, and Wednesday has not shown his superiority on the tour home.
Sheffield’s bench was a new manager, Steve Agnew, who debuted 0-3 seconds ahead of Hull City in the final round of the Championship. The 3-time winner of the English Cup, Sheffield Wednseday has not defeated 4 official games and has only qualified twice in eight games replayed in the English Cup. In addition, the white-blues have not been forced on Luton Town for 30 years and have 9 consecutive matches without defeat before Wednesday. In the 17 matches played this season on his own home, Luton has finished 9 times without the goal and will once again make it a main goal in securing his own.
Luton has three consecutive draws in the championship, receiving one goal in the last three official hikes (including the 0-0 first hand): 1-1 with Sunderland, 0-0 with Barnsley and 2-2 with Walsall is the series of the championship. Sheffield has 3 draws in the last 4 official games and has problems in the offensive, where she does not surprise opponents except with strong sutures from a distance, executed by Reach, Matias or Bannan. It is possible that Steven Fletcher will be in the attack of the guests, who will evolve in a fairly cautious 4-5-1. Luton has won 3 of the last 4 direct duels with Sheffield since 2006 with 2-0, 1-0 and 3-2.
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / YES @ 1.70