The Sky Bet League 1 weekend ends in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Sunday lunchtime when the leaders Luton Town host Coventry City at Kenilworth Road, with the Hatters hoping to open up a seven point gap at the top of the table.
Coventry saw all the sides between them and the top six heading into the weekend slip up on Saturday, so if they can pick up a win in Bedfordshire they will catapult themselves right into play-off contention.
What is there left to say about this Luton Town side this season that hasn’t been covered in the many national pieces and social media posts? I’m biased but I’ve not seen a better side than the Town in League 1 this season and 20 matches unbeaten, winning each of the last six showcases that perfectly without the need to bring a bias into it.
Other sides in the league thought the door through Luton would open up when Nathan Jones did the dirty and waltzed off to Stoke. Oh how wrong they were. Club legend Mick Harford has stepped up and Luton are playing even better under him and look absolute certainties for promotion at some point between now and the end of the campaign.
Coventry’s season has been split into thirds at the minute. They began it well but then in November and December they fell right off their form, but to their credit in recent weeks they have found it again and they head to Kenilworth Road in decent enough form themselves having won their last two matches. They need to extend that recent run to launch a charge for the top six.
If that is to happen then they are going to have to score more goals. Only Blackpool have scored fewer goals than them in the top 14 teams in the division so that will need to change. To be fair they lost a lot of goals at the beginning of the season but they scored three goals last weekend and they will be hoping that will start a run of goals starting to flow.
Luton have a doubt over Luke Berry but in truth he is unlikely to reclaim his place anyway. Harry Cornick and Glen Rea are both on the sidelines. Jason Cummings and Kazenga LuaLua are pushing for starts.
Coventry City will be without Jobi Jones and Max Biamou for the clash. David Meyler could be fit and Lee Burge could return between the sticks for Mark Robins’ men, who won 3-0 at Kenilworth Road in League 2 last term.
I expect Luton Town to turn that result around here. I’ve mentioned enough in recent weeks how good I think this side are and nothing has changed in that regard. When Luton went to Coventry in December, the Sky Blues soon became quite clueless in how to break the Hatters down and only an injury time penalty got them on the scoresheet. The task is even harder now though. Only Sunderland, Charlton and Barnsley have taken anything from Kenilworth Road this term and they’ve only had a point each. Portsmouth are the only one of the last seven visiting teams to score at Luton, and that run includes relatively free scoring Barnsley, Peterborough and Fleetwood Town. Coventry don’t have the tools required to deny Luton here.
George Moncur has already been a cracking signing for Luton. He hasn’t yet completed 90 minutes for his new side but he has already bagged four goals including the opener at Fleetwood last week. He’s a cheeky lad who doesn’t lack for confidence and is just the sort of character who will look to dazzle on the TV. The prices on him to score first and anytime are too big especially as he’s on free kicks. The number 10 position looks to suit him perfectly. He’ll be a big danger here.
Back Luton Town (-0.75AH) to beat Coventry City for a 5/10 stake at 1.83 with BetVictor
Back G.Moncur First Goalscorer for a 1/10 stake at 10.00 with Betway
Back G.Moncur to score anytime for a 2/10 stake at 4.50 with Betway