Manchester United visit Championship side Luton Town on Tuesday in the third round of the EFL Cup with the teams having made contrasting starts to the season.
After suffering a surprising 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, Manchester United will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on Luton Town in their EFL Cup opener.
United’s Premier League campaign began disappointingly as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, an early wake-up call for the side who finished third last term.
On the other side, Luton have started the new season as they finished the old one, two wins at the end of 2019-20 being followed by two in the Championship and two in the EFL Cup this term. Luton have been in good form after securing their Championship status, winning the last two games of their promotion campaign and the first four in all competitions this term.
Reason for Luton vs. Manchester United predictions:
- Both teams scored in 28 of Luton’s 46 league assignments last season.
- Manchester United’s league matches featured an average of 2.68 goals per game last season.
- Luton Town have won all four of their competitive matches in 2020-21.
Manchester United deserved to lose their opening Premier League contest against Crystal Palace on Saturday and will have to recover quickly for their EFL Cup contest at Luton Town.
The Hatters are in top form, having won all four of their matches across all competitions this season.
This will be the 39th meeting between these two sides and, it’s Manchester United who come in with a significantly better record.
United have won on 28 occasions, while Luton have come away with four wins, alongside seven draws.
The last time the two clubs met was all the way back in 1992, when United were held to a 1-1 away draw in the old Division One.
Luton will be full of confidence after making a strong start to the season, but we fancy United to book their spot in the next round of the competition.
Our prediction: Over 2.5 @ 1.61