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It was only Boxing Day when these two sides last met in their Championship encounter, with Reading taking the full three points at Madejski Stadium thanks to first half efforts from both Tom McIntyre and Alfa Semedo.
Both players scored their first goals for the club as that has sparked their best run since October of two wins from three unbeaten outings.
That draw came against current second placed Swansea, while they also beat Huddersfield and now up into the playoff spots, they’ll certainly want to continue that run of form.
Luton, on the other hand, currently sit in the bottom half of the Championship, and although they beat Bristol City in their most recent fixture at the end of last year, wins have been hard to come by.
They’ve gone just W3-D5-L4 from their last 12 fixtures dating back to early November, as all three of their victories came here at Kenilworth Road.
On home turf alone, the Hatters unsurprisingly have a much better record as only Brentford, Stoke and Man Utd have been able to get the better of them here from their 16 outings since mid-July, drawing six.
However, they don’t exactly have the best of records in this competition, having failed to advance past this third-round stage in each of the last seven seasons.
Luton And Reading To Draw
By contrast, the Royals have flourished in this tournament. They reached the semis in 2014/15, the quarters the following season and an impressive fifth round last term before Chris Wilder’s Sheffield Utd outfit knocked them out in extra-time.
They have drawn four of their last five unbeaten outings over 90 minutes in this tournament though and considering how hard the hosts have been to beat here at this stadium, this looks to be heading for a stalemate.
Half of Luton’s last eight fixtures at Kenilworth Road have ended either 1-1 or goalless, while that has been the case in half of Reading’s last six trips too.
We’re therefore, happy to get behind a draw between two sides who will be well-rested for this weekend.
Although this competition gives the fans something else to cheer about, given Luton will be fighting for survival in the Championship and the visitors are concentrating on a charge for the Premier League, we wouldn’t expect to see full strength teams from either side.
That could certainly add to this one being a slow start, as both teams build into the game and that will only play further into the hands of a draw.