Our prediction for this Championship match:
A place in the Championship playoffs final will be at stake when Luton and Sunderland take on each other at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday evening. The Hatters aim to overcome a one-goal deficit in the return leg and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach this time out. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team ahead of the visit of Sunderland.
The Black Cats, on the other hand, came from behind to beat Luton Town 2-1 at Stadium of Light and they are now on a quest to defend their slim lead. Considering that Tony Mowbray’s men are undefeated in the previous ten league matches, we predict that they are going to make it to the Championship playoffs final. All Alese, Ballard, Batth, Bennette, Embleton, Evans, and Stewart should miss out with injuries for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Henri Lansbury):
Henri Lansbury began his youth career at Norwich City, but he soon moved to Arsenal. Lansbury made his first-team debut for the Gunners on 31 October, 2007 in the League Cup win over Sheffield United. It has to be noted that he came from the bench and replaced Theo Walcott.
After spending three years on loan at Scunthorpe United, Watford, Norwich City and West Ham United, the 183-cm-tall midfielder signed a four-year deal with Nottingham Forest on 28 August, 2012. He has established himself as a first-team regular and he made 128 league appearances for the Reds before the start of the 2016/2017 Championship campaign.Henri Lansbury has 21 caps for England U21 team and he used to play for England U16, U17 and U19 teams in the past as well. In September 2011, he produced his best performance for the U21 team in a thrilling 6-0 win over Azerbaijan. Lansbury scored a brace against Azerbaijan and provided two assists for his teammates back then.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.