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

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Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship game between Luton Town and Brentford, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.

Relegation-threatened Luton Town welcome promotion-chasing Brentford to Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night with both sides in search of a win.

The Hatters saw their two game winning run come to an end on Saturday as they were beaten 3-1 by Charlton Athletic, while Thomas Frank's Bees came from behind to secure a draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Match preview

Luton find themselves at the foot of the Championship table again after Wigan Athletic and Barnsley both picked up vital wins at the weekend and Graeme Jones's side enter Tuesday's fixture six points from safety.

The club have not had an issue with creating chances this season but they have been very poor at the back and they currently have the leakiest defence in the division.

Their defenders have struggled aerially, which could be a problem at set pieces against a Brentford side containing Ethan Pinnock, and against quick, skilful players, of which the West London club have several.

However, the added pressure of trying to avoid relegation has seen Luton's form upturn since the start of the year, with the club winning three of their last six in the league.

Conversely, Brentford are currently fourth in the table and they currently have the best defence in the league, conceding just 29 goals in 34 games.

However, it is their front three of Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo who have drawn the majority of the plaudits this season, with the trio scoring 43 between them.

Worryingly for Luton, Brentford are averaging more than 14 shots a game at the moment and they won the reverse fixture 7-0 back in November.

Watkins netted his 21st of the campaign at the weekend and the 24-year-old is currently getting 64% of his shots on target.

Mbeumo was a doubt for the game with Blackburn but he was able to last the full game and his presence will be vital for Frank's side as they look to end a streak of three consecutive draws and put pressure on the top two.

Luton Town competition form: WLLWWL

Brentford competition form: LWWDDD

Team News

Luton Town have a mostly fit squad to choose from but they remain without Brendan Galloway, Eunan O'Kane, Sonny Bradley and Kazenga LuaLua.

Isaiah Brown missed the Charlton game through illness but Jones will be hoping that he's fit enough to play a part on Tuesday.

Emiliano Marcondes has started the last two games for Brentford but the Argentine may drop out for this midweek game, with Frank wanting to keep his squad fit for the run-in.

January signing Shandon Baptiste may be afforded a start in his place, with Mathias Jensen also a candidate to come in.

The most significant absentee for the West London club is Swedish defender Pontus Jansson, who remains out injured.

Luton Town possible starting lineup:
Sluga; Bree, Pearson, Carter-Vickers, Potts; Shinnie, Tunnicliffe, Moncur, Berry; Cornick, Collins

Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Dalsgaard, Jeanvier, Pinnock, Henry; Baptiste, Norsgaard, Dasilva; Mbeumo, Watkins, Benrahma

We say: Luton Town 1-3 Brentford

Luton's need for a result will likely see them get on the scoresheet but Brentford should have enough pace and quality in the attacking areas as they look to maintain their promotion push.

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