Luton Town boss Nathan Jones says he would be “foolish” to underestimate Hull despite a run of four straight defeats when the sides meet in the Championship on Friday night (Hull 11/5, draw 23/10, Luton 11/8 – Match Betting).
There was a lot of optimism swirling around the Tigers at the beginning of the season following a summer of extensive recruitment from the club’s Turkish owner Acun Ilicali.
However, despite a positive start to the campaign, things have unravelled quickly for Shota Arveladze’s side following a quartet of losses.
The Humberside outfit have the leakiest defence in the league so far, conceding 21 goals in 10 games.
Luton’s season has been the opposite in many senses – they started slowly with no wins in their opening four matches but have since lost only one from six.
They sit 11th in the table as they look to chase another play off place (Luton 7/2, Hull 10/1 – Top Six Finish) following last season’s semi-final defeat.
Although the form book states that Luton should be looking to win this one, Jones believes Hull will put up a stern test and thinks his side need to be near their best.
“I see Hull as another tough Championship game, I’d be foolish to do anything other than that,” Jones said.
“Whatever they do, whatever strengths they have we know about, what they can bring, they’ve got a striker who’s the top scorer in the league, so it’s a real tough game.
“It’s a tough place to go and a tough game, we’ve had to be really good to win, we’ve won the last two up there and I’d like to make that three”.
A win would temporarily put Luton up to fifth while three points for Hull would place them above the Hatters.