Luton Town bounced back from their 2-0 defeat against Preston North End last weekend with a 3-1 victory at home against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.
The hosts were trailing at half time after Josh Coburn put the visitors in front in the 15th minute, but strikes from Sonny Bradley, Elijah Adebayo and Harry Cornick ensured the Hatters came away with all three points for the sixth time this season.
Nathan Jones’s men have moved up to eighth in the Championship standings, just one point behind Saturday’s opponents Stoke, who currently occupy the final playoff position.
Luton head into this weekend’s clash winless in 10 matches against the Potters across all competitions, including two defeats without scoring last season.
Their home form, however, is one positive they can take into this game, as they have only lost one of their last 12 league games at Kenilworth Road, keeping eight clean sheets in the process.
After a run of five games without a win across all competitions, Stoke were able to claim a slender 1-0 victory away against high-flying Blackpool on Wednesday night.
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The game was goalless until the 79th minute when Harry Souttar’s powerful volley at the far post hit the woodwork before fortunately deflecting off the chest of Steven Fletcher from just a few yards out.
That result has seen the Potters climb back into the playoffs on goal difference and a victory on Saturday for Michael O’Neill’s men could consolidate their place in the top six heading into the international break.
Stoke should be confident of claiming all three points considering their impressive record away from home against Luton, after winning six of their last 10 games at Kenilworth Road, including a 2-0 triumph last season