Preview: Luton Town vs. Blackpool – prediction, team news, lineups

Luton Town will be bidding to make it three Championship victories in a row when they welcome Blackpool to Kenilworth Road on Saturday afternoon.

The home side are currently fourth in the table, six points ahead of seventh-placed Millwall in the race to secure a playoff spot, while Blackpool sit down in 16th position in England’s second tier.

Luton took a huge step towards securing a spot in the Championship playoffs when they recorded a 1-0 win over Cardiff City on Monday, with Harry Cornick’s brilliant header proving to be the difference between the two sides.

Nathan Jones’s side currently sit fourth in the table, six points clear of seventh-placed Millwall on the same number of matches (43), while they are just two points behind third-placed Huddersfield Town.

Only a collapse would prevent the Hatters from finishing in the top six, but they do have a tricky end to the season, talking on Fulham and Reading in their final two matches of the regular campaign, while Blackpool will enter this match full of confidence due to their thumping 6-1 win over Birmingham City last time out.

Luton were a Conference team as recent as 2014, so it would be a remarkable story if they managed to secure a spot in the Premier League for the first time in their history, but a lot would have to happen for that dream to become a reality.

Jones’s team have picked up 39 points from their 21 home league fixtures this season, and they will be taking on a Blackpool outfit with one of the poorer away records in the second tier this term, picking up only 20 points from their 20 matches on their travels.

As mentioned, Blackpool were excellent against Birmingham on Monday, running out 6-1 winners over Birmingham, with Jake Beesley, CJ Hamilton, Kenneth Dougall and Callum Connolly all on the scoresheet.

The Seasiders, who were promoted to the Championship through the League One playoffs last term, are currently 16th in the table, 10 points behind sixth-placed Sheffield United.

Blackpool can actually mathematically still make the playoffs, although an extraordinary set of events would have to happen for that to become possible, and it is almost certain that they will again play Championship football during the 2022-23 campaign.

Neil Critchley’s side are only four points behind 12th-placed West Bromwich Albion, though, and will certainly be looking up the table rather than down at this late stage of the campaign.

Blackpool suffered a 3-0 loss to Luton in the reverse match earlier this season, but three of the last four meetings between the two sides have finished all square, including a 2-2 draw at the home of Luton in League One back in April 2019.

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