Luton Town and Huddersfield Towm aim to move a step closer to the Premier League when they encounter in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Kenilworth Road on Friday.
While the hosts only secured their spot on the final day, the visitors have long been guaranteed a spot in the top six of the standings.
Having seen his team suffer a 7-0 defeat at Fulham in their second-last fixture, Nathan Jones would have naturally doubted how his players would turn up for such a pressure-filled fixture against Reading on the final weekend.
Luton could have lost to the 21st-placed side in the division and still made the playoff with results elsewhere favouring them, but a 1-0 victory was the morale-booster that they needed heading into the upcoming double-header.
Harry Cornick’s decisive goal was extremely opportunistic, the forward lurking behind the goalkeeper to dispossess him and score into an empty net.
Luton were not at their best during the run-in, recording just three wins from eight matches and one of their two defeats coming away at their next opponents.
Meanwhile, Carlos Corberan has transformed Huddersfield from relegation possibilities into favourites to reach the Championship playoff final in less than a year.
Huddersfield have had a remarkable achievement since December, with a total of 54 points coming from 26 matches during a period which has included two defeats, those setbacks coming back-to-back in March.
The Terriers have been efficient and shown character to finish the season in third place, but it remains to be seen how they will cope with heading into this game as favourites, even though they will become underdogs should they reach the final.
Since returning from the international break, Huddersfield have vlaimed six wins from seven, including succeeding in their last four matches and scoring twice in each of them.
Luton Town vs Huddersfield Town head to head
The two teams have previously met on 16 occasions across all competitions, where Luton have claimed five voctories while Huddersfield have won six, and they have drawn in five. Luton have scored 17 goals and conceded 16. In their last five meetings, both have won once while they have drawn in three.
Huddersfield Town 0-2 Luton Town 10/07/20
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Luton Town 07/11/20
Luton Town 1-1 Huddersfield Town 06/02/21
Luton Town 0-0 Huddersfield Town 02/10/21
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Luton Town 11/04/22
Luton Town latest home form
Luton have recently been on a good run of form at home, having been unbeaten in any of their five most recent matches. Their last home defeat came 2-1 to Queens Park Rangers on March 13. In their last five matches, they have scored nine goals and conceded three.
Luton Town 4-0 Preston North End 16/03/22
Luton Town 2-2 Millwall 02/04/22
Luton Town 1-0 Nottingham Forest 15/04/22
Luton Town 1-1 Blackpool 23/04/22
Luton Town 1-0 Reading 07/05/22
Luton Town latest away form
Luton have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just two of their five most recent matches. They were defeated 7-0 by Fulham in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored five goals and conceded 11.
Hull City 1-3 Luton Town 19/03/22
Peterborough United 1-1 Luton Town 05/04/22
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Luton Town 11/04/22
Cardiff City 0-1 Luton Town 18/04/22
Fulham 7-0 Luton Town 02/05/22
Huddersfield Town latest home form
Huddersfield have recently been on a good run of form at home, having been unbeaten in their four most recent matches. Their last home defeat came on March 19 when they lost 3-0 to AFC Bournemouth in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded six.
Huddersfield Town 0-3 AFC Bournemouth 19/03/22
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Luton Town 11/04/11
Huddersfield Town 2-2 Queens Park Rangers 15/04/22
Huddersfield Town 2-1 Barnsley 22/04/22
Huddersfield Town 2-0 Bristol City 07/05/22
Huddersfield Town latest away form
Huddersfield have recently been on a good run of form on the road, having won each of their three most recent matches. Their last away defeat came on March 16 when they lost 2-0 to Millwall in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored seven goals and conceded five.
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Huddersfield Town 11/03/22
Millwall 2-0 Huddersfield Town 16/03/22
Hull City 0-1 Huddersfield Town 01/04/22
Middlesbrough 0-2 Huddersfield Town 18/04/22
Coventry City 1-2 Huddersfield Town 30/04/22
Luton Town news
Barring any fresh injury issues, Nathan Jones may be prepared to stick with the team which saw off Reading at the weekend, which means that Cameron Jerome would continue in attack.
Elijah Adebayo and Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu are among the players who are set to be absent for Luton Town on Friday.
Huddersfield Town news
Corberan is likely to opt for a defensive four once again, while Tom Lees and Levi Colwill make a return to the starting lineup to take their spot in the centre.
Danny Ward is in line to get the nod over Jordan Rhodes, but Sorba Thomas should feature on the substitutes bench.
Prediction and Odds
With the two side regarded as outsiders to earn promotion, there will be a mixture of feelings ahead the encounter.
Despite Huddersfield likely to be considered favourites, the sides have had a tendency of sharing the spoils in their recent meetings, and we predict such result to replicate in this contest.
Odds: 1 2.35 X 2.05 2 2.20
Luton Town 0-0 Huddersfield Town
Luton Town 1-1 Huddersfield Town
Luton Town 2-2 Huddersfield Town
Luton Town 0-1 Huddersfield Town
Luton Town 1-2 Huddersfield Town