The Kenilworth Road Stadium will host Luton Town taking on Chelsea in the Game Week 20 of the English Premier League. Luton surprised everyone by winning their game on boxing day while Chelsea was handed a win by an 89th-minute penalty. Sit back and relax as we and the AI predict the winner of this game at the end of 90 minutes. If you liked our content do subscribe to our daily newsletter for daily predictions.
Luton Town Recent form
Luton’s current team made history at Bramall Lane by becoming the first Premier League team to benefit from two own goals scored in the 75th minute or later. This victory marked their second consecutive win in the competition. Although there were goals from Oli McBurnie and Anel Ahmedhodzic that turned the game around, the match was marred by a collapse from Sheffield United, resulting in two own goals from Jack Robinson and Anis Ben Slimane. The own-goals were initiated by crosses from Carlton Morris. Despite the victory, allegations of a racist comment directed at a Luton player overshadowed the five-goal spectacle. The police are currently investigating the incident. Luton now aims to achieve an unexpected third Premier League win in a row before the end of 2023. They previously defeated Newcastle United on December 23, strengthening their bid for survival. However, they remain in the relegation zone. Nevertheless, Luton is close to catching up with Everton, Crystal Palace, and Nottingham Forest, and a win on Saturday would secure three consecutive top-flight victories for the first time since December 1991, when they defeated Chelsea.
Chelsea Recent form
Luton has a favorable historical record going into this weekend’s match against Chelsea. In the past, they have ended the calendar year with victories against their West London rivals in 1989 and 1990. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s team should not rely too heavily on past records, especially considering their unconvincing win over Palace on Wednesday. Despite their recent struggles, Chelsea managed to climb back into the top half of the table with a win over Palace. They have also been successful in their home matches, winning their last four games. However, they have not had the same success on the road, losing their last four away matches. Losing to Luton would not only continue their losing streak away from home but also mark the first time since 2011 that they have lost their final game of the calendar year. It is worth noting that in their previous encounter in August, Chelsea won convincingly against Luton with a 3-0 scoreline.
Luton Town vs Chelsea Key Stats
- Luton faces Chelsea in their fourth consecutive top-flight season’s final game, previously losing 3-0 in 1989 and winning 2-0 in both 1990 and 1991 against the Blues.
- Chelsea’s recent visit to Kenilworth Road resulted in a 3-2 FA Cup fifth-round victory in March 2022.
- It’s been 34 years since Chelsea’s last top-flight win away at Luton, a 3-0 victory in December 1989, marking their sole win in the past 13 league games at the Hatters’ ground.
- The home team has dominated recent encounters, winning eight of the last ten league meetings, including Chelsea’s 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in August.
- Luton aims for three consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since December 1991, with their third match in that sequence being a 2-0 home victory against Chelsea.
- Additionally, Luton aspires to secure back-to-back home clean sheets, a feat last achieved in the top flight 32 years ago, showcasing their defensive ambition and historical statistics.
AI Predicts Winner of Luton Town vs Chelsea
We gave the stats, recent head-to-head game facts, and current form of both the teams to Natural Language processing AIs (ChatGpt and Bard), and here are the results.
“Considering Luton’s historical success at home against Chelsea and Chelsea’s recent struggles away, Luton might have an edge, especially aiming for three consecutive wins and back-to-back clean sheets. However, Chelsea’s overall quality might still give them an advantage, although Luton’s historical dominance at home leans slightly toward a potential Luton win in this fixture.”
“Luton’s historical home dominance against Chelsea, coupled with their recent form and Chelsea’s abysmal away run, could lead to an upset, but Pochettino’s success against promoted teams and Sterling’s record against Luton tip the scales slightly towards Chelsea. It could be a tight game.”
Our Experts Predict Winner of Luton Town vs Chelsea
No team has dominated Luton Town at their home ground during the 2023-24 Premier League season. It is unlikely that Chelsea’s inconsistent squad will be able to do so on Saturday. This is especially true considering Chelsea’s poor performance in away matches. Luton Town, on the other hand, will have the advantage of an extra day’s rest. They should be able to capitalize on their offensive opportunities. However, players like Sterling and Palmer, who are well-rested, can cause confusion for Luton’s defense. It is possible that Pochettino’s team will break their streak of bad luck in away matches.
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