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Pundit predicts the League One title race between Luton Town and Barnsley

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Both Luton Town and Barnsley secured automatic promotion to the Championship in midweek, without even having to kick a ball.

The Hatters and the Tykes have led the way in the Sky Bet League One table for the vast majority of the campaign, seeing off pressure from the likes of Portsmouth and Sunderland.

And, with the aforementioned both losing in midweek, to Peterborough United and Fleetwood Town respectively, Luton and Barnsley can start preparing for life in the second tier.

Now, there is the small matter of a title race on the horizon – can Mick Harford round off what has been a magnificent tenure at Kenilworth Road with a title win, or will Daniel Stendel’s men beat them to the League One title right at the death?

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted that the former will keep their place at the top of the Sky Bet League One table, as they prepare to face Oxford United in Bedfordshire.

He said: “Luton and Barnsley won’t believe their luck! Both would undoubtedly have started the week prepping for a huge final day, but Portsmouth and Sunderland slipping up in midweek handed them promotion and a far more relaxing Saturday.

“Just like in the Championship, though, both sides will be keen to finish with the title, and only goal difference separates them right now.

“Luton host Oxford, who are in great form, but Kenilworth Road will be absolutely bouncing and Mick Harford will want to end his caretaker tenure on a high with victory. Barnsley should have enough to see off Bristol Rovers, but I’ll back the Hatters to lift the trophy.”

Both Luton and Barnsley are level on points going into the final day of the campaign – Barnsley travel to Bristol Rovers, where they will be hoping to pick up yet another three points.

The Verdict

It has been a remarkable season for the two clubs, and it’s only right that they battle it out for the title on the final day of the season.

I think Luton will do it though. It seems fitting that Mick Harford lifts the trophy in front of a boisterous home crowd, after taking the reins from Nathan Jones in January.

Bristol Rovers is a tough place to go to, but even though I think Barnsley will pick up three points against the Gas, I think Luton’s goal difference will prevail.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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