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May 16, 2022 at 7.45pm UK at The John Smith's Stadium
Huddersfield
1 - 0
Luton
Rhodes (82')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Clark (59'), Naismith (64'), Jerome (81')

Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Luton Town - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's Championship clash between Huddersfield Town and Luton Town, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Huddersfield Town and Luton Town will square off in the second leg of their Championship playoff semi-final with the tie delicately poised at 1-1.

Whoever prevails at the John Smith's Stadium will set up a showdown against either Nottingham Forest or Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium.


Match preview

Huddersfield Town manager Carlos Corberan on March 6, 2022© Reuters

When the Championship playoff places were determined last weekend, Huddersfield and Luton would have felt that they had received the ideal draw as they bid to earn promotion to the Premier League.

As Huddersfield were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty in the opening seconds, it gave the impression that Luton may let the occasion get to them, allowing their third-placed opponents to seize control ahead of the reverse fixture.

However, despite the visitors taking a deserved lead courtesy of a smart finish from Daniel Sinani, Luton were well worth their equaliser through Sonny Bradley later in the first half.

While both clubs could argue that they could have taken a narrow lead into the second leg, as well as claim that refereeing decisions went against them, the draw sets up a highly-anticipated contest with the two sets of supporters now dealing with a mixture of optimism and nerves.

Huddersfield are likely to be the more confident of the two with Carlos Corberan's team having collected 45 points from their 23 games at the John Smith's Stadium this season.

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones celebrates after the match on March 19, 2022© Reuters

Just one of their four home defeats have come since the start of December with eventual runners-up Bournemouth outclassing them on that occasion.

Nevertheless, they have responded with 10 points from a possible 12 since that setback, one of their wins being a 2-0 success over the Hatters who lost two of their final four games on their travels.

Most notably, Nathan Jones's team succumbed to a 7-0 defeat at champions Fulham, but it is worth noting that Luton ended the regular campaign with the fifth-best away record.

Although they lost nine games on the road, they were still able to record 32 points, conceding just 26 goals in 22 games before shipping a bagful to the Cottagers.

Huddersfield Town Championship form:
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

Luton Town Championship form:
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D


Team News

Huddersfield Town's Levi Colwill and Coventry City's Callum O'Hare in action on December 11, 2021 © Reuters

Having suffered an injury towards the end of the first half, Ollie Turton may miss out for Huddersfield with Pipa likely to deputise on the right-hand side.

Corberan took no risks on Levi Colwill on Friday due to illness, but the Chelsea loanee will come under consideration for a recall.

Although Sorba Thomas impressed on his return from a knee injury, the winger may be kept in reserve rather than returning to the starting lineup.

Luton's main injury concern is Henri Lansbury, who needed to be withdraw ahead of the final quarter on Friday.

Tom Lockyer could be drafted into the starting lineup after replacing him, while leading marksman Elijah Adebayo may be fit enough to take a spot on the substitutes' bench.

Huddersfield Town possible starting lineup:
Nicholls; Lees, Hogg, Sarr; Pipa, Russell, O'Brien, Toffolo; Sinani, Ward, Holmes

Luton Town possible starting lineup:
Ingram; Burke, Bradley, Naismith; Bree, Campbell, Lansbury, Clark, Bell; Jerome, Cornick


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We say: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Luton Town (Huddersfield to win 3-2 on aggregate)

Having kept themselves in the tie ahead of the trip to Yorkshire, Luton will feel like the pressure has been lifted with Huddersfield still the clear favourites to progress. Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the Terriers' home form, leading us to predict a narrow victory for the hosts.



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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CFulham4627910106436390
3Huddersfield TownHuddersfield4623131064471782
4Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest4623111273403380
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd4621121363451875
6Luton TownLuton462112136355875
7Middlesbrough462010165950970
8Blackburn RoversBlackburn461912155950969
9Millwall461815135345869
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom461813155245767
11Queens Park RangersQPR46199186059166
12Coventry CityCoventry461713166059164
13Preston North EndPreston461616145256-464
14Stoke CityStoke461711185752562
15Swansea CitySwansea461613175868-1061
16Blackpool461612185458-460
17Bristol City461510216277-1555
18Cardiff CityCardiff46158235068-1853
19Hull City46149234154-1351
20Birmingham CityBirmingham461114215075-2547
21Reading46138255487-3341
RPeterborough UnitedPeterborough46910274387-4437
RDerby CountyDerby461413194553-834
RBarnsley46612283373-4030

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