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28 February 2014



28 February 2014

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Punting perspective for Alfreton's visit

If you believe the bookies you’ll believe it’s all over.

If you believe the bookies you’ll be expecting the trophy to be presented and held aloft on Saturday. 

If you believe the bookies you’ll be up sprightly on Sunday and in town to see the open top bus parade.

If you believe the bookies you’ll believe anything.

Because, these days, if you believe that Luton Town will win the Skrill Premier you will have to part with a lot of money just to win a single pound. A lot of money. A lot. In extreme and, sadly, most cases, that’s up to £100. Yes. £100. To win £1. The mind boggles.

The Hatters have 14 matches left to negotiate, starting against Alfreton on Saturday, and currently lie 14 points clear of Cambridge. There are many things people are starting to believe.

But to believe that you would not be a Luton fan. Because being a Luton fan means expecting the worst. A home defeat to Alfreton? Maybe a draw at Salisbury? A defeat at Cambridge? Don’t pretend you haven’t thought about it. All of a sudden the advantage has been whittled down and title talk has been replaced with nervous last-minute holiday cancellations to ensure the Play-Off matches aren’t missed.

Enough of that though. Positive thinking. Control the controllables and all that. Fortunately the controllables are controlled by John Still and his players, nothing else. So pack those boots away, because the only way you can help is by singing and dancing in the stands and urging those in orange on to victory.

Alfreton were beaten 5-0 by the Town the last time the to two sides met before Christmas. It’s 40/1 for a repeat of that but surely the Hatters can’t win a third match in a row by that score. Or can they?

Sometimes things in life are just too predictable. The country goes into meltdown when the snow falls on the roads; men starting wearing shorts when the sun shines in the first week of March; Luke Guttridge scores in Luton home victories. 

So, whilst you can fret about the Town messing up their championship chance, or contemplate cashing in on a 1/100 title tip, the best thing to do is just rely on the reliable. 10 of Guttridge’s 12 goals have come at Kenilworth Road, and that’s why he’s going to score again on Saturday and Luton are going to win again as well. Get on.

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