Kick-off: 2015, 22/09/2020
Stadium: Kenilworth Road
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United looked woefully short of match sharpness in their Premier League opener and Luton are a value bet to take advantage in the EFL Cup.
The Hatters are flying high in the Championship, have already battled through two rounds of this competition and will be fired up for this tie.
Punters can get 10/1 for Town to win in normal time and that is tempting enough to be our first Luton vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Luton Town’s Betting Odds
Luton last beat United way back in 1987 but the timing of this fixture will have the hosts dreaming of a memorable upset victory.
Town have knocked out a couple of decent opponents in Norwich and Reading to get this far and made it two wins from two league games by edging out Derby 2-1 on Saturday.
Jordan Clark’s late winner ensured the Hatters will head into this contest in great spirits and Nathan Jones was naturally delighted with his team.
He beamed: “I’m really pleased overall with the win, in the first half we were excellent and I thought that was as good as we’ve played.
“We were front-footed, pressed well, moved the ball and looked a real, real threat.”
Clark has scored in back-to-back fixtures, while James Collins netted four times in the opening two victories and this is a fully-fit, in-form outfit playing with confidence.
Looking at the Luton vs Man Utd odds, we reckon 11/4 for Town to avoid defeat in normal time is another attractive option.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
In contrast, United got their campaign off to an awful start when going down 3-1 to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford over the weekend.
A debut goal from Donny van de Beek was about the only bright spot in a laboured display from the Red Devils.
“We played too slowly,” admitted the former Ajax midfielder. “We went too long with the ball and I think against an opponent like Crystal Palace you need to speed up the game to create something. That was not good enough.”
United started their Premier League season a week late following their Europa League involvement and seemed badly undercooked.
Luke Shaw lamented: “The pre-season that we’ve had is not the correct way it should have been.
“My first day back training, I could have probably counted on one hand the number of people who were training.
“Look at teams who have been together a while – training, playing games. I think Palace have played quite a few more games than us and it showed. We lacked that fitness and confidence.”
Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sticks with a similar line-up or rings the changes, Luton will be licking their lips in anticipation of an upset here.
Let’s add 31/10 for Town to score first to our Luton vs Man Utd betting tips.
LUTON 2-1 Derby – Luke Berry, Jordan Clark
MAN UTD 1-3 Crystal Palace – Donny van de Beek
Head-to-head: Luton 1-1 Man Utd, Man Utd 5-0 Luton, Man Utd 4-1 Luton, Luton 0-1 Man Utd
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