Jones warns of tight Championship play-off scrap

Nathan Jones believes his Luton Town (5/1 – Top 6 finish) side are well placed to mount a play-off bid in the second half of the season but must be wary of the “fine margins” that exist in the Championship ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Swansea City.

The Hatters are 10th in the second tier, six points adrift of the top six, but they have games in hand on all the teams above them.

They take on Swansea on the back of a run of three wins, one defeat and a draw in their last five games with Saturday’s 0-0 result against second-placed Blackburn Rovers a good example of how well they can compete with the top sides in the division.

Jones insists Luton should have beaten Blackburn but for missed chances as he reminded his players about the importance of finding that crucial edge in tight games with plenty of points still up for grabs.

He said: “We have a great, honest group. We had chances to win against Blackburn, chances you expect to take and It’s just those fine margins, and this league is all about those fine margins.

“But if someone had offered this run of results after the long break we had with games being off then I would have taken it.”

Swansea are 13/10 to win Tuesday’s clash at the Liberty Stadium, Luton are 12/5 and the draw is 11/5.

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The other Championship clash on Tuesday sees Millwall, who are 15th, nine points off the top six, entertain Preston (Millwall 29/20, draw 21/10, Preston 11/5) with both teams also still hoping to mount a bid for a top-six finish this season.

The Lions ended a three-game losing streak in the league with a 2-0 win over West Brom at the weekend and will now aim to follow up by beating Preston, who are a point and two places ahead of them before kick-off.

It’s a busy night in the Scottish Premiership, meanwhile, with five games taking place, including the Edinburgh and Dundee derbies.

Hibernian and Hearts meet at Easter Road with Hibs fifth in the table, 12 points behind their local rivals who are third, but they’re also 12 points adrift of second-place Celtic. Hibs are 9/5 to win, Hearts are 13/8 and the draw is 21/10.

The Tayside showdown sees struggling Dundee, who are second-bottom, host a Dundee United side who are seventh but only four points behind fourth-placed Motherwell. Dundee are 6/4 to win, United are 19/10 and the draw is 11/5.

In the other games, Livingston host St Johnstone (Livi 23/20, draw 2/1, St Johnstone 11/4), Aberdeen go to Ross County (Ross County 12/5, draw 9/4, Aberdeen 6/5) and St Mirren entertain Motherwell (St Mirren 11/8, draw 21/10 Motherwell 11/5).

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Author: Paula Allen