What a stunning opener it was from Luton to the new season as they went out and put eight goals past Yeovil on the weekend. That’s the way to kick off in some style and now their next task in League Two is heading off to face Barnet at the Hive Stadium. The Hatters won on their visit there last season and have only ever lost once before on the road against the Bees.
So this could turn out to be a pretty competitive match up and based on their goal haul last weekend and relative finishing positions from last season’s campaign, Luton are going as 11/10 favourites at William Hill. The Bees are 5/2 to take this one win and they managed to bag themselves a point last weekend in a 2-2 ding-dong battle with Forest Green Rovers. Barnet only managed a mid table finish in League Two last season, while Luton finished fourth but the Hatters couldn’t muscle their way through the play offs to climb up a tier.
Not a great season from the Bees last term as they only limped home to a 15th place finish. The goal output really wasn’t there from them and that meant they struggled both home and away. Their home record last season was only W6 D9 L8 and that means that they are vulnerable for this one, especially after losing the corresponding fixture from last season against the Hatters. Barnet took a 2-2 draw against Forest Green Rovers in their opening match of the new season. The Bees won just two of their last eleven home games in the 2016/17 season.
So the Haters pounded Yeovil 8-2 in their opener and that was a stunning result. Last season they were a tough bunch to get the better of on home soil where they posted a W11 D7 L5 record and out on the road they did even better in terms of the number of defeats suffered. They lost just four away games in a resilient W9 D10 L4 record away from home. They were able to boast one of the better defences in League Two last season and they were drawing at half time in 13 of their 23 away games.
Head to Head News
This will only be the ninth competitive meetings between Barnet and Luton and from that, it is the Hatters who hold a clear advantage. Luton holds a W6 D1 L1 record from those eight previous games against the Bees and they beat them home and away last season too. The Hatters have scored in each and every one of those previous games against the Bees and will have plenty of backing to win this one.
Top Betting Tips
Simply because of the goals that Luton have delivered against Barnet before, both teams to score looks like an 8/11 banker at William Hill in this one. There is just enough positive value sat on the Hatters away from home to back them to win this one in the match outright, especially with those goals that the Bees conceded against the newly promoted Forest Green. Luton will be full of confidence after that win over Yeovil and with a big head to head advantage over what appears to be only an average lookings Bees side, the Hatters can be trusted in this one. A Draw/Luton half-time/full-time punt at 4/1 has value too.