Match Previews

Match Preview | Coventry City (N)

Luton Town are 90 minutes away from playing Premier League football next season, with only Coventry City standing in their way in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


The Hatters came from behind in the tie to beat Sunderland over two legs in the semi-final, while the Sky Blues got an impressive second leg victory at Middlesbrough in the previous round.

This game will go to extra time and potentially a penalty shootout if the game is level after 90 minutes.

Media round-up:

Local, national and international media were all in attendance at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday to speak to the manager, players and some of the figureheads of our recent success.

To hear from Rob Edwards, click HERE.

To hear from Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, click HERE.

To hear from Carlton Morris, click HERE.

To hear from Gary Sweet, click HERE.

To hear from Mick Harford, click HERE.

The opposition:

Coventry City finished fifth in the Championship regular season and defeated Middlesbrough across two legs in their play-off semi-final.

The Sky Blues took 11 points from the last five games of the Championship season and are nine games unbeaten going into the final.

24-year-old forward Viktor Gyökeres has 32 goal contributions and has netted on 21 occasions, the Swedish international is Coventry’s main threat from the front.

The man who fired the Sky Blues to the play-off final was midfielder Gustavo Hamer, he scored the winner at Middlesbrough last week and also scored against the Hatters at Kenilworth Road.

Last time we met:

Luton Town shared the points with ten-man Coventry at the Coventry Building Society Arena back in February.

Tom Lockyer headed the Hatters in-front in the first minute of the game before Matt Godden’s penalty was converted on the stroke of half-time.

Last win at Wembley:

Mick Harford’s Luton Town were victorious in the 2009 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium.

Chris Martin and Tom Craddock’s goals were sending the Hatters to victory in normal time before Grant McCann found a late equaliser for the Iron. Town cult hero Claude Gnakpa scored a brilliant chip in extra time to give Luton Town the trophy.

Ticket information:

Tickets for this fixture have now sold out. Thank you all for your support!

Latest ticket information on adjustments and replacements can be found HERE.

Fan information:

To read general fan advice, click HERE.

To find out Bobbers Travel Club pick up times, click HERE.

To read about flag regulations, click HERE.

To read about ticket touts, click HERE.

Parking at The Hive London:

Barnet FC have availability for approximately 200 cars and 5 coaches to park at The Hive London (HA8 6AG).

Availability would be on a first come first served basis and there is no pre-booking.

Parking charges are £10 per car and £50 per coach/minibus.

Supporters can pay for their parking on the app at the car park, but they must only pay after they have entered the site.

We would collect coach parking independently from the coach drivers and they can wait on site until supporters return. Please note there is no re-entry under the day’s payment so if a coach left the site and came back in, they would be charged again.

There are also a limited number of blue badge bays available on the same basis and parking rates.

The Hive Bar, Café and Starbucks will be open from 7am serving food and hot drinks.

A wide selection of alcohol will be available to buy in the Hive Bar from 10:30am which is also open until midnight, so your supporters are more than welcome to come back in on their return from the match.

Supporters travelling to Wembley Stadium will have a 10-minute walk to Queensbury Station which is just 2 stops (5 minutes) to Wembley Park.

Please note that the Canons Park entry to the site is closed.

All purchases on-site are card only (no AMEX).

How to follow:

Selected international audiences will be able to watch the game live on iFollow with a match pass, click HERE to find out which countries have been selected.

Audio match passes for iFollow Hatters commentary with Simon Pitts are available HERE for £2.50.

The officials:

Referee: Michael Oliver

Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and Lee Betts

Fourth Official: Graham Scott

VAR: Andre Marriner

AVAR: Richard West

The man in the middle at Wembley Stadium will be Michael Oliver and Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be in operation for the fixture.

This is the first time he has taken charge of a second tier fixture this season.

Oliver has taken charge of 44 games this season – 30 of which were in the Premier League – handing out 151 yellow cards and 2 red cards.

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