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PREVIEW: Luton Town

24 August 2018

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Luton Town

24 August 2018

Marcus Braddock previews Saturday's Sky Bet League One game away at Luton Town

This weekend Shrewsbury Town travel to Bedfordshire for their fifth League One game of the season. Luton currently occupy 15th place after a win, two defeats and a draw and would have been in the bottom four with us but for their 2-0 win at home to Southend on Tuesday night. The win continues the Hatters unbeaten home record which stretches back to last season when they were promoted from League Two. The last time they were beaten at home was March 10th when they were beaten by Accrington.

Top Scorers
Danny Hylton 2
Elliott Lee 1
Matt Pearson 1

Head to Head
Luton and Shrewsbury have played each other 22 times and have never met in a cup competition. The last time we played each other was the 2014/5 season when we drew 0-0 at Kenilworth Road and won 2-0 at home. Luton's best result against us was a 4-1 home win  in 1982 whilst our best result, a 7-2 win in 1965, was also at their place. Out of the 22 games between us, Luton have won 11 and Shrewsbury have won six.

We're still a fair few games away from being able to spot any reliable patterns within the statistics but one or two interesting numbers are emerging. I notice that the all of the goals that Luton have conceded have been in the half an hour before half time. It may tell us nothing and I'm not sure what it suggests but it's still a bit odd that all of their conceded goals are concentrated in one third of the game.

Carl Boyeson from East Yorkshire. Games this season: 3. Yellow cards: 13. Red cards: 0.
Joe Clark and Matthew Smith.
Fourth Official
Nicholas Cooper.

Squad News
Sam Jones has gone on loan to Cheltenham until January, Abo Eisa has picked up a Knee injury.
Luton have no new injury worries.

It's an interesting looking game with two slow starters facing each other just as form looks to be improving. Luton won their last game and haven't been beaten at home since early March which might suggest another victory is on the cards for the home team. However, John Askey's team seem to have found the right combination defensively and now need to start putting the ball in the back of the net. There is more than enough ability in the squad to score plenty and I think it's just a matter of time.

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