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10 February 2014

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Punting perspective for Macc trip

The Hatters have never, ever won at Moss Rose. Even when Macclesfield had to put an outfield player in goal the Town still couldn’t win. Luton winning at Macclesfield just does not happen.

Almost a year since that 1-1 draw at Moss Rose – in which the Silkmen earned a point despite sticking midfielder Peter Winn between the sticks for an hour – the omens still don’t look good for the Hatters.

After faffing around at the start of the season (they didn’t win any of their first nine matches), Macc have been in outstanding form, especially on home soil. They’re unbeaten in 12 matches at the Moss Rose – winning 10 of them – and even drew against Championship Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup. So why they’re such a good price at 11/4 to win at home is anybody’s guess.

Now, by rights, this paragraph should go in to detail about how bad the Town are playing to substantiate why mighty Macc should be considered a good place to put your hard-earned.  However, the problem is, you see, that the Hatters aren’t playing badly at all. When the players aren’t aquaplaning around the training ground they’ve been playing pretty well in fact. There’s a stat somewhere that says the Town haven’t lost in 20 league matches. Read into that what you will.

Unfortunately, though, the Town can’t beat Macclesfield. Especially IN Macclesfield. It just does not happen. It’s a bogey ground, right? Remember the 4-1 thrashing in 2001? A young Rickie Lambert scored a hat-trick for Macc that day and Joe Kinnear was none too pleased. 

However this season is different. Only control the controllables, remember. The Town have already won at Alfreton AND Braintree. And who in their right mind would have ever thought that Luton Town could do that after two previous seasons of misery?

So the question is: can the Hatters complete a bogey-ground hat-trick? Odds of 21/20 says they can. But, when is all said and done, probably the most sensible thing to do is just back the draw at 13/5 and be done with it…right?

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