Garth Crooks has extraordinarily suggested that Premier League newcomers Luton will be relegated by Christmas.

The Hatters came into this season as massive favourites for the drop and have lost all three games so far, most recently going down 2-1 at home to West Ham on Friday night as Kenilworth Road hosted its first top-flight in 30 years.

After losing 4-1 to Brighton and 3-0 to Chelsea, Rob Edwards’ team showed promise against the Hammers – attempting 16 shots to the visitors’ nine – but Crooks has already dismissed the Bedfordshire side’s chances of survival.

Tahith Chong and Ryan Giles of Luton Town

Luton won promotion via the Championship play-offs last season, having been in non-League as recently as 2014 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Including West Ham defender Kurt Zouma in his BBC Sport Team of the Week, the former Tottenham, Manchester United and England forward noted:

A belting strike from Abdoulaye Doucoure saved Everton from disaster on the final day of the Premier League season, as the Toffees avoided relegation with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Goodison Park.

The hosts had been in the top flight since 1954 – and hadn’t been relegated from any division since 1951 – but their enduring stay at the highest level of English football was in real danger of ending after 69 years at one stage.

The final stages of the Premier League 2022/23 season are upon us, with each point more important than ever for sides battling for something, whether it be the title, Europe or simply to stay in the division. 

For others, they’re allowed the luxury to take their foot off the gas and indulge in the old-age cliché of “being on the beach”. By FourFourTwo’s reckoning, there are at least six sides, possibly a contentious seven, who currently find themselves in this situation – a bonus for some; a disaster for others. 

An average of 2.44 goals was scored per match in the NPFL, with Enugu Rangers and Plateau United leading the losers’ corners.

The Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, delivered another round of entertainment with nine matches played across the country.

A total of 22 goals were scored in nine matches, an average of over 2.44 goals per game, with the game between Shooting Stars and Plateau United delivering another classic in the league.

Group B rivals Rivers United, who are the defending champions, and Lobi Stars were the only teams absent on the day due to the former’s responsibility in the CAFCC.

Here is a quick review of the top games in the football league on Wednesday evening across the country.

Abia Warriors 2-1 Enugu Rangers

2016 NPFL champions Enugu Rangers will remain in the relegation battle after dropping further points on the road in the football league.

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The Flying Antelopes lost 2-1 at neighbours Abia Warriors to return to what has become a familiar terrain for the Coal City boys this season.

Two goals in either half from Jimoh Gbadamosi, who opened the scoring via a penalty in Umuahia, and Uche Odeh proved to be enough for the Warriors to seal victory at home.

John Uche gave Rangers hope when he initially cancelled Gbadamosi’s opener, but his 26th-minute equaliser proved to be nothing but a consolation for the Enugu side.

Remo Stars shock El-kanemi  Warriors in Maiduguri

Remo stars defeated El-kanemi Warriors to record an away win

Shooting Stars 3-2 Plateau United

The Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan produced another classic in the Football League with a five-goal thriller between Shooting Stars and Plateau United.

After both teams played an entertaining six-goal thriller in the reverse fixture in Jos in the first half of the season, both teams did not disappoint in the second.

The visitors, United took the lead courtesy of Yakubu Adam in the 21st minute but failed to hold on as Samuel Ayorinde, the star of the day, scored a brace to put Shooting ahead.

NPFL: shooting Stars vs Plateau United

Plateau United duo Daniel Itodo and Mustapha Yaga during the encounter in Ibadan.

Ismail Ghail Falke netted the decisive third that proved to be the winner before United pulled one back at the death to complete a memorable encounter.

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An average of two goals was scored per game in the NPFL with champions Rivers United dropping points at home.

Bendel Insurance 1-1 Akwa United

In what was the game of the round in the league, the spoils were shared in Benin as Akwa United left with a valuable draw after the game ended 1-1.

That man, Imade Osarenkhoe was on target again for the Group A leaders after he fired them in front just under two minutes into the game.

However, this time, Insurance could not hold on as a free kick from Cyril Olisemah just after the half-hour mark saw both sides share the spoils.


In what appears to be a controversial point earned on the road, Nasarawa United forced Enyimba to a 1-1 draw.

Osarenkhoe stunner denies Enyimba revenge vs Bendel Insurance

The NPFL match of the day between Enyimba and Bendel Insurance lived up to its pre-match hype, with Imade Osarenkhoe the difference maker again.

Top scorer, Chukwuemeka Obioma fired them in from the spot but United equalised 15 minutes from time.

The People’s Elephant thought they had a chance to double the lead and possibly seal all three points when they got what looked like a clear penalty but the centre referee bizarrely ignored their appeal.

That particular decision came back to haunt the Elephant as Nasarawa scored 15 minutes from time to ensure a share of the spoils in Aba. 

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