Pre-season Conference Premier favourites Luton Town have had a sticky start to the campaign but momentum is building down at Kenilworth Road.
John Still’s men were very good value for their 2-0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers last weekend and Grimsby Town, who are in the midst of a managerial crisis, look like being lambs to the slaughter here.
The hosts are a top notch bet at Evens to record their third win of the season while bravery will be needed by punters who take the 23/10 on an away win.
Grimsby head south with a familiar character missing from the team bus after the strange termination of joint manager Rob Scott’s contract.
Club chairman John Fenty revealed that the decision to put Paul Hurst in sole charge had nothing to do with Town’s start to the campaign, which has been solid rather than spectacular, having picked up three wins from their opening six games.
However, the chairman has been tight-lipped regarding the actual reason behind Scott’s departure and refused to rule out the chance of him returning to the club.
This managerial uncertainty can’t have resided too well with the playing staff and it brings forward the possibility that their heads may not be entirely focused on the trip to Kenilworth Road.
The visitors are also missing key players through a mixture of suspension and injury.
The Mariners were already without Clayton McDonald and Sam Hatton through injury when England C international Aswad Thomas was sent off in last Saturday’s defeat against Nuneaton after kicking out following an altercation with an opponent.
His leadership and organisation qualities will be missed, especially against a striker with the talents of Paul Benson, who looks a sound bet to open the scoring at 9/2 for Luton.
The former Charlton Athletic man joined the Hatters on loan from Swindon last month, linking up with manager Still for the second time in his career.
Still and Benson have a notoriously dangerous reputation at this level as the striker scored 28 goals in Dagenham and Redbridge’s promotion winning season under Still in 2007.