Hull v Luton predictions: Tigers problems set to increase | Sports News

Harriet Lander

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Nathan Jones’ Luton aiming for third straight win

Harriet Lander

Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Hull City v Luton Town in Friday’s Championship.

where to watch

Sky Sports Football & Main Event, 8 p.m. Friday

Best bet

Luton draw no bet
1pt 8-11 general

Team News

City of Hull
Dogukan Sinik resumed training but Harvey Vale (groin) joined Brandon Fleming (foot), Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (back) and Benjamin Tetteh (tendon) on the sidelines.

Luton
Alfie Doughty returned from injury in an Under-23 game and could feature. James Shea (knee) is unavailable and Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu lacks fitness.

Match preview

Improve Luton moved up from 18th to 11th in the Championship after beating Blackburn 2-0 before the international break and they will enter the top six with a victory over struggling Hull on Friday.

The second-tier standings are so crowded that a victory for fifth-placed Hull would send them into the top half, but the Tigers have looked more like relegation candidates in recent weeks, losing their last four matches.

Hull got off to a good start, picking up seven points from three games, but injuries soon began to set in and performance and results suffered.

Expectations were lifted after ambitious owner Acun Ilicali oversaw an influx of new signings this summer, but head coach Shota Arveladze struggled to turn his heavily modified squad into a successful unit.

The Georgian was appalled by Hull’s performance in a 3-0 defeat at Swansea and he may not have many more chances to turn things around.

While Arveladze appears to be fighting for his job, Luton manager Nathan Jones is focused on continuing the excellent work he has done over two spells in the Hatters dugout.

Jones’ team exceeded expectations to reach the playoffs last season and are on course for another first half after recovering from a slow start.

Luton have better quality up front since the summer acquisitions of Cauley Woodrow and Carlton Morris from Barnsley.

Morris is full of confidence after scoring six goals in as many games and he and Woodrow could be the key to beating Hull, who have the worst defensive record (21 goals conceded) in the division.

Key stat

Hull have lost their last four matches.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 1:15 PM, SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

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