After both suffered disappointing defeats, relegation-threatened Luton Town and reigning champs Manchester City will square off at Kenilworth Road on Sunday. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and Premier League live betting in the English top-flight league. Read our game preview to find out which are our soccer bet picks.
Luton Punching Above Their Weight
Luton been a breath of fresh air to the league this season and although they are in the relegation dogfight as was predicted by almost everyone pre-season, they certainly won’t go down without an almighty effort. Let’s not forget they have conceded 30 goals in 15 league games.
They were leading Liverpool before losing an injury-time goal and went toe-for-toe with Arsenal in midweek before Declan Rice broke their hearts with another late goal in a thrilling 4-3 defeat. They also narrowly lost at home to Spurs but we can’t trust them to pull off the upset so we won’t include them in our soccer picks today.
Finding the net in six of their last seven games offers a sliver of hope that they can right their recent wrongs. Luton received a timely double defensive boost before the visit of Arsenal, as Alfie Doughty shook off the hip concern that saw him sit out the loss to Brentford.
Albert Sambi Lokonga could not face his parent club in midweek but could now be back in the fold too, having entered the final stages of his recovery from a thigh concern, while Tom Lockyer, Cauley Woodrow and Marvelous Nakamba are also listed as doubtful.
Man City Out of Form
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will demand more from his stars after four Premier League matches without a win and they can take it out on Luton.
𝘽𝙍𝙀𝘼𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂: Kevin De Bruyne is back running on the grass, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. pic.twitter.com/zqSr9Abz1o
— City Report (@cityreport_) December 8, 2023
It is too early to say that the wheels have come off because the quality of opposition they have faced in their last four league games has been decided as they have earned draws against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham before they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Rodri’s return is a big boost for the visitors after he missed the trip to Villa Park through suspension and having Jack Grealish back from a similar ban on the left will give City a more familiar look. Erling Haaland has had a couple of frustrating outings against Tottenham and Villa, so Guardiola would be delighted if others stepped up to the plate.
There’s a question mark surrounding the fitness of Jeremy Doku, who sat out the loss to the Lions with the knock he sustained against Tottenham last weekend. The Belgian winger is not believed to be nursing anything serious while Kevin De Bruyne will miss out again.
Man City Has Best Attack in the League
Despite not scoring against Villa, the Citizens have one of the best attacking lines in the European top 5 leagues and we expect them to score at least three goals on their own.
They are fourth in the table and six points behind Arsenal, but perhaps more concerning for them was that they only had two shots on target against Villa, the fewest by a Guardiola team in a run of 535 games. Man City has scored 16 goals on the road while Luton allowed 12 goals in seven home games.
Luton vs Man City Match Information
- Match: Luton (2-3-10) vs Man City (9-3-3)
- Location: Kenilworth Road, Luton, England
- Day/Time: Suday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. ET
- Luton vs Man Live Stream: Fubo.tv
Luton vs Man City Soccer Betting Lines
Luton vs Man City Betting Picks for December 10
The Citizens enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -697 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 3½.
Man City is a wounded animal and that’s the key to this clash as they can’t afford to make it five games without a win.
No one seems to get it easy in Bedfordshire and as long as Luton keep their discipline and don’t go gung-ho, they have a chance of keeping this highly competitive but the quality between the two sides is huge and Luton’s tactics of attacking football work hand in hand with Man City’s attacking firepower.
Premier League Pick: Man City ML (-697) & Over 3½ Goals (+110)
Questions of the Day
Which team is the most probable to achieve a victory with a margin of over 3 goals in their upcoming matchup?
There is a strong chance the home side will tire towards the end and City could easily put three between them and their opponents.
Which team is undervalued by the odds?
Given the latest results of the teams, Luton should cover the +2 spread. On top of that, they never lost by two or more goals this season in front of their fans.