Luton were not one of my promotion picks this season and I don't think I was alone in that. Four Four Two forecast a 7th place finish at the beginning of the season.
The Luton fan interviewed by Four Four Two at the beginning of the season had them finishing 9th. He said, 'we will be competitive - but with the calibre of clubs in League One, we can't expect to score as many this time around.' Well, Luton have managed to score 80 goals in League One, so perhaps the calibre of League One teams, particularly their defences, is not as high as anticipated.
Four Four Two anticipated that manager Nathan Jones might go to the Championship, and this is what happened. However, they have continued to flourish and manager Mick Harford has picked up the manager of the month award (Bowyer was on the short list).
At home Luton are undefeated, but away from home they have lost four and drawn six, although they haven't been beaten since October. Charlton have only lost twice at home all season and are currently top of the form table. Luton have fallen out of the top six. It took a last minute goal to secure a draw against Blackpool last Saturday.
What is clear is that this is a key match which Charlton need to win if they are to hold on to hopes of automatic promotion. The team is confident and the fans are confident.
Odds (Paddy Power) are: Charlton, 12/5; Draw 23/10; Luton, 11/10.
Gavin Ward normally referees in the Championship, so the importance of the match has been duly recognised.