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Dean Keates and his squad find themselves in the unusual position of being below the play-off zone, thanks to Accrington Stanley and Doncaster Rovers sneakily winning during our enforced absence. A win at Kenilworth Road would probably propel us back into the play-off mix, as Accrington have what looks like a tough fixture at Peterborough United. However, Luton have been improving since their shaky start to the season (their first 3 games were against Portsmouth, Sunderland and Peterborough), and they’re only 3 points and 3 places below us in League One - their current form looks like this:-
Sep 15 Bristol Rovers (H) Won 1-0
Sep 22 Blackpool (A) Drew 0-0
Sep 29 Charlton Athletic (H) Drew 2-2
Oct 2 Oxford United (A) Won 1-2
Oct 6 Scunthorpe United (H) Won 3-2
Oct 13 Barnsley (A) Lost 3-2
There is, of course, a Walsall connection with Luton Town in the shape of the manager whose win percentage (54.2%) for Luton is the highest in the club’s history. That man? Richard Money.
The week’s break, coupled with the much-changed side against Middlesbrough’s U-21 team, will have given Dean Keates much to consider when looking to extend our unbeaten away record. Hopefully Morgan Ferrier will be back to full fitness after limping off at half time at Bristol Rovers, and Andy Cook will be encouraged by his goal against 'Boro. Our ability to find the net may be even more important than usual, because Luton’s scoring record (19 goals so far) makes a Saddlers’ clean sheet a bit doubtful - fortunately their defence is occasionally leaky, with 18 goals conceded (compared to our 12).
Prediction? Let’s just see if we can maintain the “0” in the away losses column - I would be happy with a 1-1 draw from this one, with another Andy Cook piledriver, or perhaps a Kieron Morris 96th minute equaliser?