Our prediction for this Championship match:
Luton Town will be looking to build on a 3-2 win over Bristol City when they take on Middlesbrough at their Kenilworth Road on Matchday 45. The Hatters have been in a splendid form in the season finale, but that is unlikely to help them book their place in the playoffs. Luton’s new goal is to secure a top-ten finish, and we are positive that they will go for a victory in Saturday’s clash. Both Collins and Cornick, who managed to find the net in the triumph over Bristol City, are pushing for a start, while all Hylton, Lockyer, and O’Kane are likely to miss the game with injuries.
The Boro, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday. Middlesbrough missed out on a place in the Championship playoffs as well, but given their fine form, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. All Browne, Dijksteel, Fry, Mendez-Lang, Morsy, and Tavernier have been struggling with injuries of late, and they are unlikely to be risked against Luton.
Highlighted Player (Simon Sluga):
Simon Sluga is a Croatian goalkeeper who plays for Luton Town in the Championship. Born in Porec on March 17, 1993, the 191-cm-tall shot-stopper started his youth career at hometown club Jadran Porec before joining famous Croatian club Rijeka.
After spending two years on loan Juventus Primavera and Verona Primavera, Simon Sluga signed a professional contract with Rijeka in 2013. It has to be noted that he played for the likes of Pomorac, Lokomotiva Zagreb and Spezia on loan as well before moving to England. The Luton Town goalkeeper represented Croatia U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams in international matches and he made his senior team debut on June 11, 2019 in a friendly against Tunisia.
The Vatreni were beaten by the African side 2-1 in Varazdin, with Simon Sluga playing a full 90 minutes for Zlatko Dalic’s team. His contract with Luton Town should expire on June 30, 2022.
Highlighted Team (Middlesbrough):
Middlesbrough is a professional football club that have been balancing between the top two divisions of England’s league system in the modern history. Boro have been playing their home games at the Riverside Stadium since 1995 and their shirt colour is red. The capacity of the Riverside Stadium is 34,742. Middlesbrough impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and they did really well to secure promotion to the English top flight. Newcastle United and Sunderland are regarded as the club’s main rivals, but there is a rivalry with Leeds United as well.
Middlesbrough made it to the FA Cup final in 1997, but Chelsea proved to be a big catch for the Boro in the title game (0-2). However, the Riverside Stadium outfit did remarkably well to win the League Cup trophy in 2004, with the team beating Bolton Wanderers in the final. George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Juninho Paulista, Gareth Southgate, Jonathan Woodgate, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Tuncay Sanli and Hamilton Ricard are the star footballers who left their mark at Middlesbrough.