Luton Town vs. Newport County Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 09, 2022 20:45 CET
The team from Championship will host the opponent from two leagues below on the football pyramid. Luton Town will host Newport County in the first round of the League Cup.
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Luton Town Team News
Luton was one of the pleasant surprises last season in Championship as they catch playoffs and finished in sixth place. This season Luton again has a strong team and it will not be a surprise if they fight for the top 6 again.
The bench was the main problem last season as Nathan Jones was usually short of options and when the team got hit with injuries he must put youth players on the bench. This summer board is working on solving that problem.
Luton kept an almost full squad from the last season and signed a couple of good players and the bench is now longer and Jones has more options.
He will rotate a team for this game against Newport but when you see that players like Carlton Morris and Cauley Woodrow will probably start with Henri Lansbury, Tom Lockyer, and Reece Burke it shows how good this Luton team is.
Luton had a problem with efficiency in the opening two games, especially in the first round against Birmingham where they create a lot of chances and the game was finished with 0:0. So, this is a good chance to score some goals.
Newport County Team News
The team from League Two. Two tiers below their opponents. Newport goes into this season a lot weaker than last. The top scorer Dom Telford and the most creative players Finn Azaz and Oliver Cooper both leave the club.
Because of that Newport have not so good options in the attack. They scored only one goal in the opening two games of the season. The manager James Rowberry put the same starting lineup in the first two games but he said that he will make a few changes for this cup game.
Newport has a great history in the cup games in the past few years. They draw with Tottenham, beat Leeds, Leicester, and Middlesbrough… but all games were played at their stadium which is very unique because it’s a rugby stadium and the pitch is very often in a very bad condition but the situation is a lot different when they play away from home.
They will play against each other for the first time since 2018. In the last 10 years, they played in the fourth and fifth tiers, also in the FA Cup. Luton has six wins, Newport three, and six games were finished with a draw.
Team news and injuries
Both managers will make a large number of changes because this is a cup game and it’s the start of the season. So we expected a lot of different teams from the ones that played on Saturday.
Luton Town vs. Newport County Prediction
Luton is a huge favourite to go throw. There is a big difference in the quality of both teams and two tiers between them. Luton has a quality option on the bench who is capable of making a difference. We will escape a full-time bet because this is a cup game but we will go with goals.
Prediction: Luton to score over 1.5 goals