Manchester United will be looking to book their spot in the fourth round of the EFL Cup when they travel to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town on Tuesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost their 2020-21 Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, whereas Luton have made an excellent start to their new Championship season, recording two wins from two games.
Luton will certainly be the underdogs heading into Tuesday’s contest, but there is no question that the Hatters will be feeling good about themselves after an excellent start to the 2020-21 season.
Nathan Jones’s side have already played twice in the EFL Cup this term to advance to this stage, beating Norwich City 3-1 at home on September 5 before recording a 1-0 victory at Reading on September 15.
Luton have also made a brilliant start to their Championship campaign, overcoming Barnsley on the opening weekend before recording a 2-1 home victory over Derby County on Saturday.
It would be fair to say that the team will have one eye on their next league game against Watford on September 26, but the chance to dump United out of a cup competition does not come around too often.
Tuesday’s clash will actually be the first meeting between these two teams since April 1992, when the points were shared in a 1-1 draw, while Luton have lost eight of their last 10 games with United.
United, as mentioned, will enter this match off the back of a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Palace in their 2020-21 Premier League opener at Old Trafford.
United have won this competition on five previous occasions, the last of which was in 2016-17; they reached the semi-finals of last season’s EFL Cup but lost on aggregate to eventual winners Manchester City.
The League Cup is certainly down the club’s list of priorities this season, but there is no downplaying the importance of the match to a side looking to feel their way into a new campaign.
And as a result, and despite their poor start to the season, your money is still on Manchester United to take the day and Betpay has odds of 1.27 for a win for the Red Devils but should you envisage an upset, then there are odds of 11.25 for a win for Luton.
PREDICTION: Luton 1-3 Manchester United